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Marc Chrusch wrote:
> An even more basic question: of what practical importance is prominence?
It's important only to those who indiscriminately climb every regional 
peak of a certain minimum elevation and prominence; a.k.a. peakbaggers. 
As this is not a practical* pursuit, it's therefore of no practical 
relevance. ;)

* Misters Merriam and Webster have little to add about whether this 
pursuit fits the precise definition of "practical." Although the pursuit 
of peakbagging is clearly not "impractical", as it has in fact been put 
into practice, neither is it practical; it can hardly be argued that the 
pursuit is itself of practical relevance to the world outside of 
peakbagging. ;)

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