Each Continent’s Highest Mountain

1. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, it’s summit is 29,035 feet above sea level. The mountain is located on the continent of Asia. Everest was formed about 60 million years ago and continues to grow a few millimeters each year. Everest was named after a man named Sir George Everest in 1865.The mountain was actually called peak 15 before that.

2. The highest mountain in North America is Mckinley also know as Denali. The mounatins summit is 20,320 feet above sea level and is located more precisley in Alaska. Although Everest has a higher peak in relation to sea level, Mckinley has a larger bulk and rise. Temperatures have been recorded as low as -75.5 degrees farenheit.

3. The highest mountain in South America is Mount Aconcagua. The summit of the mountain is 22,834 feet above sea level. This mountain is part of the Andes mountain range and is more precisley located in Argentina. Although this mountain is extremely high it is not known as a tough mountain to climb. The first group of people to attempt to climb this mountain were bribed there was treasure on it by Paul Gussfeldt. 

4. Mount Kosciuszko is the highest mountain on the continent of Australia. Kosciuszko’s summit is 7,310 feet above sea level. The mountain was named in 1840 in honor of Polish national hero General Tadeusz Kosciuszko. This mountain is also not difficult to climb. The mountain has a walking path to the summit.

5. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. The summit of Kilimanjaro is 19,340 feet above see level. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones and is an inactive composite volcanoe. The youngest person to ever climb the mountain was a 7 year old boy. 25,000 people try to summit the mountain every year. Also suprisingly the mountain has lots of vegetation even though it has a high elevation.

6. The tallest mountain in Europe is Mount Elbrus. The summit of the mountain is 18,510 feet above sea level. Elbrus is located in Russia in Caucasus mountains. The ice cap from the mountain feeds 22 glaciers. On the 400th anniversary of the annexation of the mountian by the Soviet Union, 400 mountaineers climbed to the peak.

7.Vinson Massif is the highest mountain in Antarctica. The summit of the mountain is 16,066 feet above sea level. The mountain was known to exist, but had never been seen until January, 1958. The mountains first ascent was performed in 1963. The mounatin is 13 miles long and is 8 miles wide.

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One Response to Each Continent’s Highest Mountain

  1. emilyhartman says:

    I’ve been to Mt. McKinley and it’s absolutely beautiful. I found it hilarious that Mt. Everest used to be called Mt. 15. It’s also really interesting that a 7 year old has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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