Defining the World

High, Low, Big, Small, and Wondrous

What are the highest points on each continent?

The highest peak in South America, Aconcagua, lies in Argentina at 22,834 feet (6,960 meters). In North America, Alaska’s Mt. McKinley (also called Denali, as it is known indigenously) is 20,320 feet (6,194 meters). The famous Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet [5,895 meters]) is in Africa’s Tanzania. Ice-covered Antarctica’s high point is known as Vinson Massif, 16,864 feet (5,140 meters). Europe’s Mont Blanc is in the Alps between France and Italy at 15,771 feet (4,807 meters). Australia’s high point, Kosciusko, is the lowest of all the continents at 7,310 feet (2,228 meters).


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