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Mount Vinson and the Ellsworth Mountains


Recently, Kerala government employee Shaikh Hassan Khan has climbed Mount Vinson.


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  1. Mount Vinson and the Ellsworth Mountains
  2. Ellsworth Mountains: Key Facts

Mount Vinson and the Ellsworth Mountains:

Mount Vinson:
  • Mount Vinson stands as the highest mountain in Antarctica.
  • Soaring to an elevation of 4,892 meters (16,050 feet) above sea level.
  • Positioned within the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains, near the Ronne Ice Shelf.
  • Together with the next five highest summits in the vicinity, Mount Vinson is part of the Vinson Massif.
Vinson Massif:
  • Vinson Massif encompasses Mount Vinson and the five other prominent mountains in the same area.
  • The collective term refers to the next five highest summits on the continent of Antarctica.
Geographical Location:
  • Mount Vinson is situated approximately 1,200 kilometers from the South Pole.
  • The region ranks among the coldest places on Earth.

Ellsworth Mountains: Key Facts:

  • The Ellsworth Mountains constitute the mountain ranges in Antarctica.
  • This mountainous region spans a length of 360 kilometers (224 miles) and a width of 48 kilometers (30 miles), configured in a north-to-south alignment.
  • The Minnesota Glacier bisects the Ellsworth Mountains, giving rise to the Sentinel Range in the north and the Heritage Range in the south.
  • The Sentinel Range, notably higher and more spectacular, hosts Mount Vinson, the highest point on the Antarctic continent.

-Source: The Hindu


March 2024