A view of Mount Hope from the East. (Photo Credit: Alan Vaughan Of British Antarctic Survey)
Set your trivia answer: The United Kingdom has a new highest mountain. A high-tech measurement has concluded that in Mount Hope, located in Britain’s Antarctic Territory, is now Number 1, reports the BBC.
With the help of satellite data, cartographers with the British Antarctic Survey concluded that in Mount Hope is 10,626 metres high. That pushes it past Mount Jackson, in the neighborhood, at 10,446 feet.
The researchers conducted the new “photogrammetry” measurements as part of an effort to update maps for pilots. It turns out that Mount Hope is about 1200 meters higher than previously thought, the previous calculation to have been made back in the 1930s.
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“We should keep in mind that this is a groundbreaking expedition, overland travel with dog teams, the” a BAS scientist explains in the Telegraph that of the first measurement. “They were with a relatively lightweight and simple surveying techniques in very harsh conditions.” No mountains in the vicinity of Antarctica’s highest mountain: Mount Vinson is 16,049 ft high, but it is not based in the country claimed by great Britain.
(Earlier this year, the US also has a bit of a surprise in the re-mapping of the Arctic mountains.)
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