What is the highest peak on Earth?
If there’s one thing everyone knows about mountains—and given the state of geography education today, that may be a pretty accurate estimate—it’s that Mount Everest, in the Himalayas, is the Earth’s highest point. But what if it wasn’t? What if Everest, with its famous 29, 029-foot peak, was actually dwarfed by a mountain you’ve probably never even heard of, an Ecuadorian volcano called Chimborazo?
Chimborazo tops out at 20, 702 feet, almost two miles lower than Everest. But that’s only compared to sea level. If we take the equatorial bulge into account—in other words, if we measure what peak isfarthest from the center of the Earth—Chimborazo sticks more than 7, 000 feet farther into space than any of the Himalayas do, since they’re located thousands of miles north of the Equator. So, to quote Obi-Wan Kenobi, “what I told you was true—from a certain point of view.”
Hawaiians are quick to point out that Mauna Kea, the volcano that forms the peak of the state’s big island, is also taller than Everest—if you measure from its base. Everest only rises about 13, 000 feet above its base, less than half of Mauna Kea’s 33, 000-foot rise. The problem, of course, is that the Hawaiian mountain’s “base camp” sleeps with the fishes at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Give Mauna Kea a fair start by moving it to the Himalayas, and it would be by far the highest peak on Earth.
While interesting cocktail party chatter, though, “Earth’s highest point” has an agreed-upon definition: distance above sea level. While somewhat artificial, it’s a definition that has some meaning to humans, whereas distance from the center of the planet is not.magic zendikar rising magic zach magic zoo magic zero magic zombie deck magic zone magic about jordan magic about love magic about water magic about number magic about dreams magic about trick magic about book magic about photography magic after hours magic after dark magic after dark lake tahoe magic after hours houston magic after dark atlanta magic after dark city winery magic after midlife magic after shave magic against dwemer magic against dragons skyrim magic against dark arts magic against iron dragons magic against steel dragons magic against the spread magic against dragons osrs magic against aldrich magic among the azande magic among us god magic among us god magic among us apk god magic among us hack god magic among us download good magic among us model magic among us magic around the world magic around us magic around you happy planner magic around every corner magic around meaning magic around synonym magic schools around the world magic as a verb magic as science magic as an adjective magic as a hobby magic as technology magic as a metaphor magic as a name magic as programming magic at your door magic at bucks magic at mcd magic at midnight magic at mcdonald's magic at the musicals magic at the mansion magic at the nomad magic before christmas christine feehan magic before christmas magic before sunrise magic before dawn magic before magic before midnight magic before and after befour magic melody magic behind the kunai magic behind quick change magic behind our steam trains magic behind the scenes magic behind words magic behind the voice actors magic behind animal kingdom magic behind the curtain magic beneath us the magic beneath us movie the magic beneath us dvd the magic beneath us film magic between us quotes magic between you and i magic between us magic between you tube between magic and dreams magic alhambra between the finger ring there's magic between us magic difference between revised and unlimited magic beyond words magic beyond belief magic beyond words full movie magic beyond words netflix magic beyond words trailer magic beyond boundaries inc magic beyond words streaming magic beyond words cast magic bum records magic bum thps2 magic bum locations thps 2 magic bum last location magic bum cream magic bum leggings magic bum 5th location magic by pilot magic by bob magic by olivia newton john magic by the cars magic by coldplay magic by america magic by pilot lyrics magic by txt magic proteccion contra color magic proteção contra cor magic proteccion contra criaturas magic proteccion contra multicolor bucks contra magic celtics contra magic magic contra loreal rojo magic the gathering contramágica magic event evan era magic even magic square seven magic mountains even magic square formula even magic has its limits even magic horse even magic square algorithm everything is magic except to the magician magic for liars magic for humans season 4 magic for kids magic for humans staged magic for beginners magic for humans tricks explained magic for humans invisible magic from blood in blood out magic from no limit magic from the sky eso magic from the vault magic from bmf majix from cartel crew magic from dreamgirls magic from funnymike ig in between magic magic in front of monkeys magic in front of muggles magic in front of dogs magic in front of a mirror magic trick in front of monkey magic trackpad in front of keyboard merlin uses magic in front of arthur magic mountain front of the line pass magic in the moonlight magic in spanish magic in me