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The Daily Volcano Quote: Vancouver gets Mount Hood’s height wrong 29 April 2009

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When the English explorer, Vancouver, who gave Mt. Hood its name, first saw the mountain, he estimated its height to be at least 25,000 feet, and thought it was perhaps the highest summit in the world. Barometric and other measurements, however, made by the United States Coast Survey and by the Fortieth Parallel Survey, have shown that Vancouver’s estimate was more than twice the actual height. In spite of the corrections that prosaic measurements have imposed upon the fancy of distant observers, Mt. Hood, if not the most lofty, is, yet, in the eyes of its admirers, one of the most beautiful of mountains.

Israel C. Russell, Volcanoes of North America (London: Macmillan, 1897), pp. 237-8. The summit of Mount Hood is 3426 metres (11240 feet) above sea level.

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