Renaming a mountain


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‘What's in a name?’ Shakespeare asked. Mount McKinley by any other name would still be the highest mountain in North America, but there's an ongoing debate to rename it.

Pending congressional action, the 20,300-ft (6187.5-m) mountain's name could be changed to its original Tanana Indian name, ‘Denali’ (not ‘Mount Denali’). Simultaneously, the U.S. Board of Geopgrahic Names is gathering public comment on the proposed change. Although the board does not take action on geographic names when congressional action on the issue is pending, Congress could relegate responsibility for the name change to the board, according to Donald J. Orth. Orth is a geographic names specialist with the U.S. Geological Survey and executive secretary of the board's Domestic Name Committee.