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Situated in Russia, Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe, and it has two summits. At 18,510 feet, the west summit is the taller of the two, with the east summit reaching a height of 18,442 feet. Mount Elbrus is also the tenth highest mountain in the world, and it lies in the western Caucasian mountains. The ice caps on the mountain are a permanent feature. The two summits are two dormant volcanoes, and there have been no eruptions for around two thousand years. Both summits were first climbed in the 19th Century.