DENALI (ALSO KNOWN AS MOUNT MCKINLEY) IS THE HEIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN NORTH AMERICA (6,190 M (20,310 FT)) AND THE THRID MOST PROMINENT AND ISOLATED PEAK AFTER MOUNT EVEREST AND ACONCAGUA. IT IS LOCATED IN THE DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND RESERVE IN THE US STATE OF ALASKA.
Mount Denali is not only the highest mountain on the continent, but also the northernmost peak above 6,000 m in the world. If masured from base to peak, it is among the highest mountains located entirely above sea level (5,500 m (18,000 ft) rising from a plain with elevations between 300 - 910 m (1,000 - 3,000 ft).
By comparison, Mount Everest rises from the Tibetan Plateau at a much higher base elevation with a base-to-peak height in the Everest range between 3,700 – 4,700 m (12,000 to 15,300 ft).
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The area of mount Denali is very seismically active with Pacific tectonic plate moving beneath the North American plate, causing deep earthquakes in Alaska. The first successful document ascent of the mount Denali took place in 1913 by Hudson Stuck, Harry Karstens, Walter Harper, and Robert Tatum, who went by the South Summit.
THE FIVE HIGHEST PEAKS IN NORTH AMERICA:
- Denali - 6,190 m (20,310 ft), in Alaska, the USA.
- Mount Logan - 5956 m (19,541 ft), in Yukon, Canada.
- Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltépetl) - 5610 m (18,406 ft), in Puebla state, Mexico.
- Saint Elias - 5489 m (18,009 ft), in Yukon, Canada.
- Popocatépetl - 5500 m (18,045 ft), in Morelos state, Mexico.
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