Monday, February 20, 2006

Worlds Biggest Mountains

Mount Teide

Mauna Loa, Earth's largest volcano on the Hawaiian Islands, measured from its base some 5,000 m (over 16,000 ft) below the ocean surface to the highest point at 4,170 m (13,680 ft) above sea level, totalling over 9,000 m (> 30,000 ft). Mauna Loa is about 36 m (120 ft) lower than its neighbor, Mauna Kea.

Earth's third largest volcano is, of course, our own Mount Teide here on Tenerife, which stands 3,718 m (12,195 ft) above sea level and approximately 7000 m above the adjacent sea bed.

The "curiosity" is that since Mount Everest is situated on top of the Tibetan plateau, already at 3,600 meters, then measuring from there, Everest is "only" 5,230 meters high.

All three big volcanos are taller mountains on this basis.

Source: Hawai: la montaña más alta

Imagen de corpol_8 en Pixabay