The Alaska section of the American Alpine Club has purchased a detailed model of Mount McKinley that contain 10,000 data points per square inch and is aimed to help climbers understand the mountain.
Donn Arrell of Clinton Systems in Denver designed the model and uses a computer to build the model. The original machine weighed 12 tons in 1990.
The new machine was quite a bit lighter at 3.5 tons but still quite large — 10 feet high, 8 feet wide and 13 feet long.
Club officials hope to exhibit the model (which is now at the USGS in Alaska) at the Talkeetna Ranger Station.
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