New Zealands's tallest peak is shorter than previously thought

01/15/2014 |

Aoraki/Mount Cook, the tallest peak in New Zealand, is actually 98 feet, or 30 meters, shorter than scientists previously thought, according to GPS data collected during a climbing expedition. The mountain is officially listed as 12,316 feet, or 3,754 meters, tall, but researchers with the University of Otago, who took the new measurements, say the peak is 12,217 feet, or 3,724 meters. A rock and ice avalanche trimmed 33 feet, or 10 meters, from its height in 1991, and scientists say continued collapsing of the ice crown may have caused the current change in height.

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