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Clingmans Dome—Smoky Mountains

The highest mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the highest in Tennessee, is Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet.

Thomas Lanier Clingman, explorer, politician, and Civl War general, measured the mountains in the mid 1800's with three scientists. They used barometers, crude by today's standard, to measure atmospheric pressure at the mountains' summit. Comparing the pressure reading from the summit with readings taken at the same time at low elevations, they were able to use complicated mathematical formulas to calculate a mountain's elevation.

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