camelback

The rounded relief of a camelback suggests the arching back and hump of a dromedary. The name is given to several mountains but most notably to the iconic Camelback Mountain located in Phoenix, Arizona. Many lesser elevations also carry the camelback name, because they bear the characteristic profile of a sloping hummock. There are camelback features near Santa Barbara, California; Kiowa, Oklahoma; and Monroe, Pennsylvania. Camelbacks result from various geological processes, including erosion and glacial deposition. This sharing of a common name isn’t because of the prevalence of camels in America; it could reflect the memory of a camel in a circus parade, a Bible illustration, or a picture in a spelling book: “C is for camel.”

D. J. Waldie