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Mount Elbrus, Russia

March 19th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Mount Elbrus is a peak located in the western Caucasus mountains, in Russia, near the border of Georgia. A stratovolcano that has lain dormant for about 2,000 years, it is the highest mountain in the Caucasus which belongs to Europe (if the border between Europe and Asia is considered to be at the watershed divide of the Caucasus, or anywhere south of this). Mt. Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5,642 m (18,510 ft) and can be considered to be the highest mountain in Europe. The east summit is slightly lower: 5,621 m (18,442 ft).

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Mount McKinley (Denali), Alaska, USA

March 19th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Mount McKinley or Denali in Alaska is the highest mountain peak in North America, at a height of approximately 20,320 feet (6,194 m). It is the centerpiece of Denali National Park.

Denali is located in the central portion of the Alaska Range, which spans much of south central Alaska. It is approximately 130 miles (209 km) north-northwest of Anchorage and 155 miles (249 km) southwest of Fairbanks. The summit is approximately 35 miles (56 km) from the nearest major road, the George Parks Highway.

Mount McKinley has a larger bulk and rise than Mount Everest. Even though the summit of Everest is about 9,000 feet (2,700 m) higher as measured from sea level, its base sits on the Tibetan Plateau at about 17,000 feet (5,200 m), giving it a real vertical rise of little more than 12,000 feet (3,700 m). The base of Mount McKinley is roughly a 2,000 foot plateau, giving it an actual rise of 18,000 feet (5,500 m).


The Cerro Aconcagua, Argentina

March 19th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Cerro Aconcagua is a mountain located in Argentina. It is the highest mountain in the Americas, the highest in the Southern Hemisphere, and the highest peak outside of Asia. It is one of the Seven Summits.

This member of the Andes Range is bounded by the Valle de las Vacas to the north and east and the Valle de los Horcones Inferior to the West and South. The mountain and its surroundings are part of the Aconcagua Provincial Park. The mountain has a number of glaciers. The most substantial are the north-eastern or Polish Glacier and the eastern or English Glacier.

The Aconcagua River rises on the southern slope and flows west, meeting the Pacific Ocean 20 km north of Valparaíso, Chile.

The mountain was created by the subduction of the Nazca Plate beneath the South American plate during the geologically recent Andean orogeny, however it is not a volcano. The origin of the name is contested, it is either from the Arauca Aconca-Hue, which refers to the Aconcagua River and means 'comes from the other side' or the Quechua Ackon Cahuak, meaning 'Stone Sentinel'.


Rysy - the highest point of Poland

March 17th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

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Rysy is a mountain in the crest of the High Tatras, at the Polish-Slovak border. Rysy has three peaks: middle (2503 m), north-western (2499 m) and south-eastern (2473 m). The north-western peak is the highest point of Poland, while the highest of the three peaks is just on the Slovak side of the border.

Rysy is the highest Tatra mountain available to individual tourists (without a guide). It is possible to ascend the peak from the Slovakian side starting at Štrbské pleso and passing the Chata pod Rysmi or from the Polish side coming from the Morskie Oko. Since 2000, there is a pedestrian border crossing at the peak, operating between 1st July and 30 September. Its opening hours are 7:00-19:00. At the altitude of 2250 m on the Slovakian side there is a mountain chalet Chata pod Rysmi, which is open only during the summer season (from May till October).


Mount Lyell -the highest point in Yosemite National Park, California, USA

March 3rd, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Mount Lyell is the highest point in Yosemite National Park, at 13,114 feet above sea level. It is located at the southeast end of the Cathedral Range, 1.2 mi (1.9 km) northwest of Rodgers Peak. It is named after Charles Lyell, a well-known 19th century geologist. The peak also has the largest glaciers still remaining in Yosemite, Lyell Glacier and nearby Maclure Glacier.

Mount Lyell divides the Tuolumne River watershed to the north, the Merced to the west, and the Rush Creek drainage in the Mono Lake Basin to the southeast. It can be climbed without ropes via a class 2-3 route over or around the receding Lyell Glacier from the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River.

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Solfatara - shallow volcanic crater, Italy

February 24th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Solfatara is a shallow volcanic crater at Pozzuoli, near Naples, and is part of the Campi Flegrei volcanic area. It is a dormant volcano, which still emits jets of steam with sulphurous fumes. The name comes from the Latin, Sulpha terra, "land of sulphur", or "sulfur earth". It was formed around 4000 years ago and last erupted in 1198 with what was probably a phreatic eruption - an explosive steam-driven eruption caused when groundwater interacted with magma. The crater floor is a popular tourist attraction, as it has many fumaroles and mud pools. The area is well known for its bradyseism.The vapours have been used for medical purposes since Roman times.

This volcano is where the thermoacidophilic bacterium Solfolobus solfataricus[] was first isolated. The bacterium is named for the volcano, as most species of the genus Solfolobus are named for the area where they are first isolated.


The Hintertux Glacier, Austria

February 12th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Hintertux Glacier is located in the Zillertal valley of Tyrol, Austria. It offers all-year skiing and the resort guarantees snow throughout the year. The highest point of the glacier is the Olperer summit with a height 3476m above sea-level. The highest lift goes to 3250 m. The ski-area is made up from 225 km of pistes and 62 lifts. A special attraction is the so-called "Glacier Circuit", a run of 72 km and 1,500m of altitude difference. The name Hintertux also refers to a small village lying at the foot of the glacier.

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Mont Ventoux (most famous and difficult ascent in Tour de France), France

February 3rd, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Mont Ventoux is a mountain in the Provence region of southern France, located some 20 km north-east of Carpentras, Vaucluse. On the north-side, the mountain borders the Drôme département. It is by far the biggest mountain in the region and has been dubbed the "Giant of Provence".

As the name might suggest (venteux means "windy" in French), it can get windy at the summit, especially with the mistral; windspeeds as high as 320 km/h (193 mph) have been recorded. The road over the mountain is often closed due to high winds. The real origins of the name are thought to trace back to the 1st or 2nd century AD, when it was named 'Vintur' after a Gaulish god of the summits, or 'Ven-Top', meaning "snowy peak" in the ancient Gallic language. In the 10th century, the names Mons Ventosus and Mons Ventorius appear.