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Tallest mountain in North America, Mount McKinley renamed as Denali

United States has changed the name of tallest mountain in North America Mount McKinley to its original native name Denali.

It was announced by US President Barack Obama ahead of his three-day visit to Alaska to highlight the issue of climate change. It was renamed following the lead of the state of Alaska, US Department of the Interior (USDoI) in conjunction with the US Board on Geographic Names (USBGN).

Key facts

  • The summit elevation of Mount Denali is 6,190 m above sea level. It is located in the Alaska Range and Denali National Park in the US state of Alaska.
  • Till 1896, it was named as Denali (meaning as High One or Great One) among the natives of Alaska, but was renamed as Mount McKinley in the honour of William McKinley after he was nominated to become the US President.

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