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Is Everest really Earth's tallest mountain ?

May 18, 2016 | Comment icon 9 comments



Has Everest been dethroned by Chimborazo ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 shrimpo1967
According to scientists, Chimborazo in Ecuador is actually quite a bit taller than Mount Everest.
There remain few peaks on Earth that can match the breathtaking spectacle and challenging conditions of Everest - officially the world's tallest mountain.

But is this accolade well deserved or is Everest's height record based on a misconception ?

As it turns out, the Himalayan behemoth is actually superseded in size by several other mountains, in particular Chimborazo in Ecuador which is substantially taller.
The reason for this is that Chimborazo resides near the equator where the Earth, which is not a perfect sphere, bulges out a lot more than it does in the Himalayas where Everest is located.

Everest is still the highest mountain when measured from sea level, but Chimborazo is higher when measured from the center of the Earth - as are several other mountains.

Hawaiis Mauna Kea is also a lot taller than Everest when measured from top to bottom but because it mostly resides underwater it typically isn't counted as one of the world's tallest mountains.

In terms of challenging ascents however Everest still remains the undisputed favorite.

Source: Independent | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
So now the world has been introduced to mountain envy. I thought I saw something years ago that said there are mountains completely under water that are higher than Everest. I guess there will be a new flurry of expeditions to Chimborazo now for all the testosterone that will have to be able to boast they climbed the highest mountain. (Not to insult any ladies who want to climb as well. I'm sure there will be some.)
Comment icon #2 Posted by CJ1983 6 years ago
So now the world has been introduced to mountain envy. I thought I saw something years ago that said there are mountains completely under water that are higher than Everest. I guess there will be a new flurry of expeditions to Chimborazo now for all the testosterone that will have to be able to boast they climbed the highest mountain. (Not to insult any ladies who want to climb as well. I'm sure there will be some.) The underwater mountain is an island of Hawaii, its base is on the ocean floor so it is the tallest, but Everest has a higher elevation in the sky.
Comment icon #3 Posted by woopypooky 6 years ago
height is relative. so must always be measured from sea level/ ground level. not from bottom of sea, middle of earth.
Comment icon #4 Posted by highdesert50 6 years ago
Does this new definition then make a Everest a dwarf mountain?
Comment icon #5 Posted by godnodog 6 years ago
Great, here comes more tv news reports on "heroes" that climb that mountain for some bull**** reason, or like they say they climb it to call out attention to some social issue when in reality they did it for themselves.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 6 years ago
Is Everest really Earth's tallest mountain ? Yes it is. Mountains are measured from sea level and by that method Mount Everest is still the highest mountain on Earth. Chimborazo is the point on Earth that is furthest from the center, but since that is irrelevant when measuring the hight of a mountain, this is basically a non-story.
Comment icon #7 Posted by fred_mc 6 years ago
It doesn't make sense to me to measure height from the center of the earth. It only makes sense to measure from sea level I think.
Comment icon #8 Posted by jethrofloyd 6 years ago
Does this mean K2 the second highest mountain on Earth becomes K4 now? Behind the Everest, Chimborazo and Hawaii.
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye 6 years ago
A mountain is only as tall as the desires it provokes to climb it ~


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