After a permaculture design course, many permaculture practitioner and designer feel as they though their understanding of key points in landscape is rather blurred. I have come up with a list of tips that make keypoints easier to understand, easier to find, and some of the ways they can be utilized.
- There is not just one keypoint per hillside or mountain
- A hillside or mountain can have many key points
- There is only one keypoint per valley
- Since there can be many valleys on a landscape there can be many keypoints
- It is the spot in the landscape where the hillside or mountain turns from convex to concave
- It is the highest point for practical ponds
- The more productive aquatic systems, ponds, and food systems will be below the keypoint
- Sometimes, not always, key points from different valleys make an invisible line to one another – this is called the key line (take into consideration the height of the ridges above)
- If we have a choice, the house or community living area should be close to the key point or key line
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