Till now, maps confirmed Mt Jackson because the tallest mountain within the territory at three,184 metres, in line with researchers at British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
Nonetheless, new satellite tv for pc knowledge reveals this isn’t the case, with Mt Hope being 55 metres taller than Mt Jackson and 377 metres greater than beforehand thought, they stated.
The invention was made to replace planning maps for pilots working in Antarctica. Beforehand, measurements from outdated overland surveys had been used for mapping the area and the brand new high-resolution satellite tv for pc measurements, correct to inside 5 metres, present there are a number of errors in these surveys.
“That is an thrilling discovery inside the British Antarctic Territory. Trendy satellite tv for pc knowledge highlights how inaccurate earlier surveys and maps had been for some components of the area,” stated Adrian Fox, Head of Mapping and Geographic Data at BAS.
“In addition to discovering Mt Hope is the very best mountain within the territory, now we have recognized a number of different attention-grabbing discoveries. These embody new mountain heights, ranges in new areas by as much as 5 kilometres and even some new peaks which had not been surveyed earlier than,” stated Mr Fox.
“Maps with dependable measurements of the very best peaks are an important security requirement for flight planning. Correct elevation knowledge from satellite tv for pc imagery now permits us to supply these assets for Antarctica, the place flying is troublesome at the most effective of instances,” stated Mr Fox.
Mt Hope is the very best mountain within the British Antarctic Territory, nonetheless, Mt Vinson stays the very best mountain in Antarctica standing at four,892 metres, the researchers stated.
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