5 Mountains That Are Bigger Than Everest
One of the first things we all learn about the world is that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain around. Everybody knows it. In fact many people have even memorised its exact height, which is currently thought to be 8,848 metres. But have you ever thought to question Everest’s number one status? Here are a few mountains that are actually bigger than the world’s most famous rock (in some ways at least).
Officially K2 is the world’s second tallest mountain. However, according to some reports for a few weeks every year it actually becomes taller than Mount Everest and therefore the tallest mountain in the world. This argument is based on the fact that in the winter the mountain gets covered in a ridiculous amount of snow, which means that it is able to surpass its taller cousin- albeit very briefly.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Mauna Kea in Hawaii is the tallest mountain on earth when you measure the distance between its base and its peak. Everest’s claim to be the world’s tallest mountain is based on the fact that its summit is the highest point above sea level on the earth’s surface. All Everest’s 8,848 metres of mountain are above sea level. From base to summit Mauna Kea measures 10,200 metres, but the first 5,995 of those metres are below the surface of the ocean. If the title of tallest mountain was measured from base to peak Mount Everest would actually be third, behind Mauna Kea and Mount McKinley in Alaska.
Another way to decide the biggest mountain on earth is to find the point that is furthest away from the centre of the planet. The summit of Chimborazo, an inactive Volcano in the Andes, is the point on the earth’s surface that is furthest away from its core. It may only measure 6,267 metres above sea level but because the earth is thicker around the equator, and Chimborazo is only one degree south of our planet’s central intersection, it easily beats Mount Everest.
Olympus Mons, Mars
Olympus Mons, which is Latin for Mount Olympus, is three times taller than Mount Everest. However it shouldn’t be confused with the tallest mountain in Greece which shares the same name, as this giant is actually found on Mars. It’s a staggering 22 kilometres tall- that’s 14 miles of mountain! Not only does Olympus Mons dwarf every mountain on earth, but it the largest known mountain in the solar system. It makes everything else look like a slightly oversized hill.
As we’re currently in the business of making Everest look small you might be interested to know that if Everest was put inside the Mariana Trench (the deepest point of the world’s oceans) it wouldn’t even reach the surface. In fact there’d still be room for more than 2,000 metres of water above it. Crazy!