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From the text:The volcano grew up seven to ten million years ago, producing fierce eruptions and explosions of ash, which repeatedly wiped out the
forests that grew on its slopes, until it attained a tremendous height. Before Mount Elgon was eroded down, it may have been the highest mountain in Africa, higher than Kilimanjaro is today.
Preston, Richard. The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus (p. 6). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.