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Aoraki/Mount Cook stunner

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New Zealand's tallest peak is the stunning Aoraki/Mount Cook, which towers above the country's South Island. Capped by snow and ice, a 1991 avalanche undercut…Read More »





the mountain's brilliant crown by 33 feet (10 meters). The avalanche left an overhang that later crumbled and collapsed, scientists recently discovered. A 2013 climbing expedition by the University of Otago revealed that Aoraki/Mount Cook is actually only 12,217 feet (3,724 m) high, cutting another 98 feet (30 meters) off the mountain's height.   Less «
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