New Zealand’s stunning Aoraki/Mount Cook, the country’s tallest peak, is officially 98 feet (30 meters) shorter than previously thought, researchers with the University of Otago announced today (Jan. 15).
While currently officially listed as 12,316 feet (3,754 meters) tall, GPS data from an Otago-led climbing expedition reveal that Aoraki/Mount Cook is actually only 12,217 feet (3,724 m) high, the scientists said today.
Capped by a brilliant crown of snow and ice, Aoraki/Mount Cook towers above the Southern Alps on New Zealand’s South Island. On Dec. 14, 1991, the peak was 12,349 feet (3,764 m) tall when a massive rock and ice avalanche cut 33 feet (10 m) off its top.
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