We've all heard that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. It's definitely tall: a smidge over 29,000 feet (or a smidge under 9,000 meters), or 20 times as tall as the Empire State Building. But you could actually make the case that other mountains in the world are taller. It all depends on how you measure mountain height.
How We Measure Mountains Now
Which Mountains Is Everest Overshadowing?
Everest Isn't the Tallest Mountain
But it's still pretty monumental.
Key Facts In This Video
Mt. Everest is still growing at a rate of approximately 4 millimeters per year. 00:39
If measured from its base, Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) is much taller than Mt. Everest. 02:00
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
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