USGS clears up Mount McKinley height discrepancy

09/15/2013 | National Geographic News

Mount McKinley, North America's tallest peak, is not 83 feet shorter as reports have suggested, at least not where height records are concerned. U.S. Geological Survey officials say the shorter height announced by Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell last week was determined by a study of radar mapping from airplanes, which is used for development purposes and measures an average height. "Nobody went and stood on that spot and did a measure to set a new elevation," said USGS cartographer Kari Craun, who explained that air mapping is not a fair comparison to climbing to the mountain's highest point.

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