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On August 30, 2015, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior announced that Alaska's Mount McKinley would officially be renamed Denali. Restoration of the traditional Koyukon Athabascan name of Denali, which means 'the tall one', resolved a request by former Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond from 1975. On September 2, its elevation was also revised. The U.S. Geological Survey announced that Denali's summit had a new, official elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 meters), 10 feet shorter than determined in the 1950s. This image offers a view of Denali based on observations on June 15, 2015, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. The natural-color images were draped over an ASTER-derived Global Digital Elevation Model, which helps show the topography of the area. Denali's two major summits are visible. The south peak is the higher of the two. This image is oriented with North at the bottom, South at the top.
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