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Roger Weller, geology instructor
by Steven Kim
The Tallest Mountain in the World
Most people don’t hesitate in answering the question, “What is the tallest mountain in the world?” Some knowledgeable people, however, tend to have hard time choosing between the two mountains before answering the question. Nonsense? Allow me to explain to you what I mean.
Mt. Everest is definitely the most famous answer that everyone comes up with. It has an altitude of 8,848 meters – 29,028 feet – above the sea level. It’s hikers’ dream to conquer the top of Mt. Everest.
Apparently, the highest mountain in the world is
very arrogant, sharing its glory with only a small number of people. That
statement is not entirely true. I’m here to tell you that countless number of
people have climbed the top of the world’s tallest mountain and made it back. In
fact, over 1.7 million people visited it in the year 2007 alone.
name of this mountain is Mauna Kea, located in Hawaii, USA – it’s on top of the
Hawaii’s Big Island. The mountaintop is covered with snow during the winter
season, and has many observatories that are operated by several countries and
universities from around the world.
Its height is known to be 4,205 meters – 13,796 feet – above sea level.
So how can this be the tallest mountain in the world? Well, in order for Mauna Kea to be called the tallest mountain in the world, we have to get a little technical with the term “mountain.” According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, mountain is “a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill,” or “an elongated ridge.” Since Mauna Kea is an island formed by underwater volcano, its origin is not from a landmass that is above water, but rather submarine. Since the seafloor is about six thousand meters – 19,680 feet – under the sea-level, Mauna Kea mounts up to be over ten thousand feet!
you know that Mt. Everest has a rival that could take over the title of “the
tallest mountain in the world.” Millions of people visit Hawaii every year to
enjoy many special things that only Hawaii can offer. So if you’re still looking
for a nice place to spend your summer, why not consider Hawaii’s Big Island?
After all, you would be climbing the tallest mountain in the world!