Facts About Mount Kosciuszko – Australia’s Tallest

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There’s much to explore about the highest mountain of Australian continent, Kosciuszko. Dig it all out with these wow facts about Mount Kosciuszko.

Height: 2,228 m (7,310 ft)

Location: Kosciuszko National Park, Great Dividing Range, New South Wales, Australia

Not the heighest peak of Austrlian territory

Though the mountain is the highest peak in continental Australia, the tallest peak of Australia actually is Mawson Peak on Heard Island.

Located at height of 2,228 meters in the Great Dividing Range

Mount Kosciuszko is located in the snowy mountain range of Kosciuszko National Park in South Wales. The peak is the tallest in the great dividing range that occupies the area between Queensland and Victoria. Mount Townsend is the second highest peak in Australian continent.

Named by Polish explorer after a freedom fighter

The mountain is named after freedome fighter, General Tadeusz Kościuszko. The Polish explorer named Paul Edmund who named the mountain used to say that the mountain looks like a mountain his country Poland.

Easy to climb

Climbers do not face any major difficulties or challenges while climbing Mount Kosciuszko. There used to be road from Charlotte Pass, from which motor vehicles could drive to the peak until 1977. It was closed down due to environmental concerns. Now the road is only open to trekkers and cyclists.

Highest toilet in Australia

To curb the challenge of human waste of high number of visiting tourists to the peak, the Australian government build toilet facility at Rawson pass that facilitates more than 100,000 people each year.

Image credit: Steve Bittinger; flicker

Formed by a geological life

Mount Kosciuszko was formed during the Lower Devonian periods (490-355 million years ago). Years of soil erosion, uplifting, folding, and faulting led to what we today know as Mount Kosciuszko. One of the most notable feature of this mountain is the ‘mile high’ drop.

Plants and animals

Many rare and endangered species live near and on Mount Kosciuszko. These include endangered frog species, wild horses, pygmy mountain possums. A lizard species Eulamprus kosciuskoi is named so after the mountain. The mountain is also home to many birds like the australian magpie as well as many species of plants.

Mount Kosciuszko attracts a large number of tourists as well as climbers each year. As many as 30,000 climbers climb the mountain each year.

Vegetation

Alpine forests dominate most of the landscape of Mount Kosciuszko. At its peak, one will spot swamps and marshes.

Weather

Mount Kosciuszko is among the coldest regions of Australia. Between June and October Mount Kosciuszko witnesses snow and is a popular spot for skiing.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kosciuszko
http://www.geomaps.com.au/scripts/mtkosciuszko.php

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