Lightroom: Address lookup overwrites existing altitude

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When you import a photo containing GPS coordinates and altitude, address lookup incorrectly overwrites that altitude with its own altitude derived from Google Maps. This bug was introduced in LR 7.3, 7.4, or 7.5, since it doesn't occur in 7.2, 6.14, or 5.7.1.

To reproduce:

1. Turn off Catalog Settings > Metadata > Look Up City, State and Country...

2. Import this photo, which has an altitude of 32' recorded in its metadata:

3. Observe the Metadata panel correctly shows the altitude as 32.0'.

4. Remove the photo from the catalog.

5. Turn on Catalog Settings > Metadata > Look Up City, State and Country...

6. Import the photo again.

7. Observe the Metadata panel incorrectly shows the altitude as 0.0'.

Note that the altitude provided by address lookup can differ by tens of feet from that shown by Google Earth Pro, which indicates that address lookup is not returning the altitude for the exact GPS coordinates but rather returning the altitude for "nearby" coordinates.  (That may be a separate bug.)

See this user's report of the symptoms:
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Official Response
Updates to the Lightroom CC Ecosystem and Lightroom Classic CC were released earlier today. Please update your software and let us know if you are still experiencing this issue.