Saint Elias, Mount

Saint Elias, Mount

(ĭlī`əs), 18,008 ft (5,489 m) high, in the St. Elias Mts. on the U.S.-Canadian border between SW Yukon and SE Alaska; fourth highest peak of North America. It was first seen by Danish explorer Vitus BeringBering, Vitus Jonassen
, 1681–1741, Danish explorer in Russian employ. In 1725 he was selected by Peter I to explore far NE Siberia. Having finally moved men and supplies across Siberia, Bering in 1728 sailed N through Bering Strait but sighted no land and did not
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 on July 16, 1741; Luigi Amedeo, duca degli AbruzziAbruzzi, Luigi Amedeo, duca degli
, 1873–1933, Italian explorer and mountain climber; cousin of Victor Emmanuel III. He led (1897) the first ascent of Mt. St. Elias in Alaska. His polar expedition (1899–1900) reached a point farther north than Nansen's record.
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, an Italian explorer, was the first (1897) to climb it. Malaspina Glacier rises there.
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