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New Zealand’s Famed Mt. Cook Threatened

Reuters

The top could fall off New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt. Cook, after an avalanche wiped out its east face over the weekend, conservation officials said today.

With another big avalanche a possibility, “it’s quite possible that the whole top could come off,” said Ray Bellringer, a New Zealand Conservation Department officer.

The 12,349-foot mountain, famous for its pyramidal shape, was left scarred by Saturday’s avalanche, which brought millions of tons of snow, mud and rocks crashing down a four-mile path.


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