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The place furthest from center of Earth isn't Mt. Everest

tallest place on Earth is nowhere near Mt. Everest

Whenever the question is asked, "what is the highest point on planet Earth?" people naturally assume that the answer is Mt. Everest.

In fact, so embedded is the notion that Mt. Everest is the highest point on the world that most people wouldn't even think twice before answering. And even when we talk of other huge mountains in the Solar System (like Mars' Olympus Mons), we invariably compare them to Mt. Everest.

But in truth, Everest does not hold the record for being the highest point on Earth. Due to the nature of our planet — which is not shaped like a perfect sphere but an oblate spheroid (i.e. a sphere that bulges at the center) — points that are located along the equator are farther away than those located at the poles. When you factor this in, Everest and the Himalayas find themselves falling a bit short!


To be fair, Mt. Everest is one of the highest points on Earth, with its peak ascending to an altitude of 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level. However, due to its location within the Himalayan Mountain Chain in Nepal, some 27° and 59 minutes north of the equator, it is actually lower than mountains located in Ecuador.

It is here, where the land is dominated by the Andes mountain chain, that the highest point on planet Earth is located. Known as Mt. Chimborazo, the peak of this mountain reaches an attitude of 6,[sign in to see URL] meters (20,[sign in to see URL] ft) above sea level. But because it is located just 1° and 28 minutes south of the equator (at the highest point of the planet's bulge), it receives a natural boost of about 21 km.

In terms of how far they are from the geocenter, Everest lies at a distance of 6,382 kilometers (3,965 miles) from the center of the Earth while Chimborazo reaches to a distance of 6,384 kilometers (3,967 miles). That's a difference of about 3.2 km (2 miles), which may not seem like much. But if we're talking about rankings and titles, it pays to be specific!


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