Mount Elbrus is a peak located in the western Caucasus mountains, in Russia, near the border of Georgia. The Caucasus, together with Ural Mountains, which by historical convention only (rather than on any natural geographic basis) is considered to be the border between Europe and Asia. The artificiality of the border in a geographic context was exemplified by the northern parts of the Caucasus often being considered to be in Europe, and the southern parts in Asia. Mt Elbrus at 5,642 m (18,506 ft) is considered to be the highest mountain in Europe.
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