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Controversy over Matterhorn resolved

Italian scientists using satellite technology have confirmed that Switzerland's best known landmark, the Matterhorn, is 4477.54 metres high. The figure ends a controversy over its height.

This content was published on January 20, 2000 - 13:23

Italian scientists using satellite technology have confirmed that Switzerland's best known landmark, the Matterhorn, is 4477.54 metres high. The figure confirms Swiss measurements made in 1920.

Using a satellite measuring system, known as the Global Positioning System (GPS), an Italian professor from the university of Turin has confirmed the famous peak's height which is rounded up to 4478 metres.

In 1989, Italian geologists had added an extra 27cm to the peak.

The Matterhorn, in canton Valais, is the third mountain worldwide to be assessed using the GPS. Mount Kilimanjaro was last year deemed to be two metres lower than previously believed while Mount Everest gained two metres when it was "measured" last November.

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