“Denali Digits”- the tallest peak of North America decreases by ‘10 feet’

  • Geologists declared that the tallest peak of North America, Denali Digits had shrunk in size by 10 feet.
  • The mountain has also obtained a new name apart from the new height. It had been called Mount McKinley until August 30th.
  • Later Secretary of the interior Sally Jewell announced that it would be given its former name “Denali”, which translates to “the tall one”.
  • The newly measured height of 20,310 feet (6,190m) is 10 feet less than the hitherto official altitude of 20, 320 feet, proven in 1953 by Bradford Washburn, a mountaineer, and photographer.

Background:

  • After Mount Everest and Aconcagua, it is known to be the third most prominent peak in the world.
  • It is a prominent feature of Denali National Park and Reserve and located in the U.S. State of Alaska.
  • The Koyukon Athabaskans, a tribe who reside in the vicinity of the mountain gave it the name Dinale or Denali, which in Koyukon means “tall”.
  • The mountain was first sighted and documented by Captain George Vancouver in 1794.

News Item Compiled by Manasa B. H.

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