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9 mountains you may never see in person

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 19, 2011, 10:06 a.m.
Transantarctic Mountains

Photo: John Evans/National Science Foundation

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Vinson Massif, Antarctica

Vinson Massif is the highest mountain in Antarctica. It sits 16,050 feet above sea level 750 miles from the South Pole. It was first discovered in 1958 by U.S. Navy flyers operating out of Byrd Station and was named after Carl Vinson, a U.S. congressman who supported funding research in Antarctica. Mountaineers attempting to see Vinson Massiff must deal with temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit and strong winds.

Google Earth coordinates:

78° 35'29.44" S, 85° 25'28.67" W