Geology

Mount Everest Is Not The Tallest Mountain In The World

Although Mount Everest has the highest altitude in the world, it's not technically the tallest mountain. If "tallest" means the height from a mountain's base to its peak, then both Denali and Mauna Kea are much taller than Everest. In fact, because the atmosphere above Mauna Kea tends to be free of clouds, it houses the world's largest observatory. Learn more about some of the world's most impressive mountains below.

Everest Isn't The Tallest Mountain

But it's still pretty monumental.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Mt. Everest is still growing at a rate of approximately 4 millimeters per year. 00:39

  2. If measured from its base, Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) is much taller than Mt. Everest. 02:00

  3. If we measure in distance from the center of the Earth, then Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador is the tallest mountain on the planet. 03:02

The Sherpas Of Mount Everest

Learn more about the sherpas who guide explorers up Mount Everest.

25 Crazy Everest Facts

Warning: After watching, you may want to conquer it yourself.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. At Mount Everest's highest point, you're breathing a third of the oxygen you normally get. 00:28

  2. The oldest person to climb Mount Everest was 80 years old. 01:14

  3. The first tweet from Mount Everest was sent in 2011. 01:50

Written by Curiosity Staff September 2, 2016

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