Mount Ever­est is the world’s high­est peak

The peak of Mount Ever­est rises high above sea level, but when it comes to the dis­tance from "head to toe", the moun­tain loses out.

Science Illustrated - - MYTHS -

Mount Ever­est rises 8,848 m above sea level, higher than any other moun­tain, but the peak’s dis­tance from the ocean sur­face is not nec­es­sar­ily a good mea­sure of the moun­tain’s height. Mount Ever­est is lo­cated on a plateau and ac­tu­ally only mea­sures 5,400 m from "head to toe". In this re­spect, Ever­est is dwarfed by the ex­tinct Mauna Kea vol­cano in Hawaii, which only rises 4,207 m above sea level, but its "toe" is lo­cated deep be­low the ocean sur­face. It mea­sures no less than 10 km from "head to toe".

Nei­ther does Ever­est’s ti­tle as the world’s high­est moun­tain mean that it rises the high­est above the cen­tre of the Earth. That ti­tle is held by Mount Chimb­o­razo in Ecuador, whose peak is lo­cated more than 2 km higher above the cen­tre of Earth than Mount Ever­est’s is.

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