The Tallest Mountain – Up For Debate

Fun Fact: If you think Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, you are wrong!!!

mount-everest_1983Well, sorta.

Mount Everest, at 29,029 ft. (8,848 m) has the highest elevation of any mountain. Considering that its base is located a little above 13,800 ft. (4,000 m) above sea-level… Does this really count?Since the world is not a perfect circle, but actually wider at the equator the tallest points away from Earth’s center are either the summit of Chimborazo or Huascaran (Ecuador and Peru’s tallest mountains… debate is still going on about their exact height). If we measured Mount Everest from Earth’s core, it would be dropped to the world’s 5th tallest mountain.

Now, if you are willing to consider mountains that start at the base of the ocean floor than Hawaii’s Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world, with a height of 33,100 ft. (10,100 m). This is more than x 2 the base-to-peak height of Everest. However, Mauna Kea only stands 13,803 ft. (4,207 m) above sea level.

If you are curious what the largest mountain is, look no further then Mauna Loa. With an elevation of only 13,678 ft. (4169 m), its base area is approximately 2,000 sq. mi (5,200 km2) and boasts a volume of 10,000 cu mi (42,000 km2).


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