Kosciuszko, Mount

Kosciuszko, Mount

(kŏzēŭ`skō, kŏsho͝osh`kō), 7,310 ft (2,228 m) high, SE New South Wales, Australia, in the Australian AlpsAustralian Alps,
chain of mountain ranges, SE Australia, in the state of Victoria and New South Wales, making up the southern part of the Eastern Highlands and forming the watershed between the Murray River system and streams flowing into the Tasman Sea.
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; highest peak on the continent of Australia. Located in Kosciuszko National Park, the peak is a popular hiking destination in the summer. It was originally called Mt. TownsendTownsend, Mount,
7,247 ft (2,209 m) high, SE New South Wales, in the Australian Alps. The second tallest peak in Australia, it was explored by Polish-British geologist Sir Paul Strzelecki, who believed it to be Australia's highest point, and he named it Mt.
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, but the names of the two neighboring peaks were swapped in 1892 after surveyors found that the one called Kosciusko after the Polish patriot and believed to be Australia's highest point was in fact a little lower. The spelling of the peak's name was changed from the English Kosciusko to the Polish Kosciuszko in 1997.
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