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How long is 85 nautical miles?

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It's about thirty times as tall as Mount Elbrus.
In other words, 85 nautical miles is 27.9 times the height of Mount Elbrus, and the height of Mount Elbrus is 0.03584 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Mingi Tau, a.k.a. Эльбрус, a.k.a. იალბუზი) (Karachay-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia) (west summit)
The west summit of the dual-summit volcano Mount Elbrus is 3.046 nautical miles at its peak and is the highest peak in both Russia and the European continent. Until 1976, a cable car would take visitors to the mountain as far up as the Garabashi camp, located at an elevation of 2.052 nautical miles.
It's about one-thirtieth as long as The Distance from L.A. to New York.
In other words, 85 nautical miles is 0.0351 times the length of The Distance from L.A. to New York, and the length of The Distance from L.A. to New York is 28.5 times that amount.
(Los Angeles, California to New York City, New York) (via I-10 E, I-15 N, I-70 E, I-76 E, I-80 E, I-280 E)
The total length of the freeway route from Los Angeles, California to New York City, New York via Interstate 80 is 2,420 nautical miles long. This route intersects eleven states and several major cities, including Las Vegas, Nevada; Denver, Colorado; Lincoln, Nebraska; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; South Bend, Indiana; and Cleveland, Ohio.
It's about one-thirtieth as long as I-80.
In other words, 85 nautical miles is 0.0339411 times the length of I-80, and the length of I-80 is 29.4628 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Interstate 80, a.k.a. Keystone Shortway) (net length)
Interstate 80, crosses the continent of North America from Teaneck, New Jersey to San Francisco, California and covers a total length of 2,504.34 nautical miles. A 32.3974 nautical miles stretch between mile marker 318 in Grand Island, Nebraska and mile marker 390 in Lincoln, Nebraska is the longest straight path in the US Interstate system.
It's about thirty times as tall as a Vinson Massif.
In other words, 85 nautical miles is 32.18 times the height of a Vinson Massif, and the height of a Vinson Massif is 0.03108 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Mount Vinson) (Antarctica)
Mount Vinson, the highest peak of the Vinson Massif mountain, reaches 2.641 nautical miles at its peak. The mountain is named after Georgia Congressman Carl Vinson who emphatically promoted Antarctic exploration in the 1930s.
It's about thirty times as tall as a Puncak Jaya.
In other words, 85 nautical miles is 32.23 times the height of a Puncak Jaya, and the height of a Puncak Jaya is 0.03103 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Mt. Carstensz, a.k.a. Carstensz Pyramid, a.k.a. Nemangkawi, a.k.a. Carstensz Toppen, a.k.a. Gunung Sukarno) (Papua province, Indonesia)
The highest point in Oceania (and therefore one of the seven summits) peak of Puncak Jaya is 2.637 nautical miles. Dutch explorer Jan Carstenszoon, the mountain's namesake, is said to have been ridiculed for claiming to have seen snow near the equator when he reported his discovery of the peak in 1623.
It's about forty times as long as The Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In other words, 85 nautical miles is 39.1265 times the length of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the length of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 0.0255581 times that amount.
(Speedway, Indiana) (rectangular oval course)
The rectangular oval course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 2.17244 nautical miles. While famous for its automotive racing, the first motorsport held at the track was a series of motorcycle races in August, 1909 — a little less than two years before the inaugural Indianapolis 500 race was run.
It's about forty times as long as Daytona International Speedway.
In other words, 85 nautical miles is 39.1265 times the length of Daytona International Speedway, and the length of Daytona International Speedway is 0.0255581 times that amount.
(Daytona Beach, Florida) (tri-oval course)
The tri-oval course of the Daytona International Speedway, upon which the NASCAR Daytona 500 is run, is 2.17244 nautical miles in length. Although the tri-oval design is said to allow for greater visibility during the race, the real reason for the then-unique design was that plot available for construction of the track was only 350 acres and could not accommodate a traditional oval layout of appropriate length.