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Which mountain is the highest in Europe – Mount Blanc or Elbrus?

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Scientists keep arguing about which is the highest mountain in Europe. The question is not as easy to answer as you might think. Europe is attached to Asia like a peninsula and some countries are on both continents. For example Russia, in which the Caucasus Mountains are located. Since this is on the border with Asia, researchers disagree on which mountain is the largest in Europe.

The Mount Blanc

If the Caucasus Mountains are no longer part of Europe, then Mount Blanc is the highest mountain. This is located in the Savoy Alps between France and Italy. “Mount Blanc” is French and translated into German means: “White Mountain”. It has a height of 4,808 meters. A few hundred meters below the top, at an altitude of 4,362 meters, is an observatory.

The Elbrus

Elbrus is a Russian mountain in the Caucasus. These high mountains are located in Russia on the border between Europe and Asia. The Elbrus is a long-extinct volcano that is now glaciated. However, the latest measurements have shown that its tip has warmed up. It can therefore be assumed that it could become active again in a few years. If the Elbrus, with its height of 5,642 meters, is still part of Europe, the glaciated volcano towers over Mount Blanc by an impressive 835 meters.

So which is the largest mountain in Europe cannot be precisely answered. In Germany, with the exception of mountaineering circles, the Caucasus Mountains are no longer part of the European continent, which makes Mount Blanc the highest mountain.