I have seen the head of an old sachem of the forest which at once reminded the eye of a bald mountain
summit, and the furrows of the brow suggested the strata of the rock.
By comparison, a mountain is an isolated, sharp rise within a relatively flat area (see, for example: [phrase omitted] 73; My 150); bald mountains are isolated hills or mountains with rounded tops (see, for example: [phrase omitted] 286; My 515); a hill is a low mountain with a round or oval shape (see, for example: [phrase omitted] 73, 319; My 595; [phrase omitted] 1318); a cliff is a sharply rising, stand-alone piece of rock, or a high steep drop (see, for example: [phrase omitted] 278; My 506); and a Russian Tyh[?
Compare this, for example, with how lichen fields are classified as growth places for basic reindeer feed: pine forest lichen fields (mountainous or forest-covered) in dry areas; mossy lichen fields (low-land-type, in areas without forest); and lichen fields on bald mountains (on the high treeless plateaus of Eastern Lapland) ([phrase omitted] 1929b).
In specialised geography sources, bald mountains are mentioned for the Far East, Siberia, Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands, but not for the Kola Peninsula.
It should be noted that on the territory of the Kola Peninsula, all natural elevations have round or flat summits, which is characteristic of a bald mountain.
Thus, according to the data of the lexicographical and ethnographical sources, the orographic lexicon of the Kildin Saami language makes no distinction between the scientific concepts of mountain, bald mountain, hill, and tundra.
vaara 'mountain or bald mountain with smooth slopes covered by forest') ([phrase omitted], [phrase omitted] 1991 : 102).
I always think of the country in vivid, small pictures picked up from five or six visits there; not photographs as such but flickering mindscapes of cracked deserts and bald mountains
, glimmering lakes and crowded bazaars.