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Mt Elbrus Caucasus Range
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Mt. Elbrus, Caucasus Range

March 16, 2003
Astronaut photo of the Caucasus Mountains, which form a long (more than 1200 km) and steep spine connecting the Black Sea to the Caspian. Mt. Elbrus, the summit of the Caucasus Mountains, is located in southern Russia just north of the Georgian border, and is distinguished as Europe’s highest peak (5642 m). Elbrus is also an ancient volcano, although it has not erupted for nearly 2000 years.