June 3 – Chimborazo Day

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Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth, right? Eh…kind of. Well, at 8848 metres above sea level is it certainly extremely large. However it is not the furthest point from the centre of the Earth, as would be reasonable to assume of the world’s tallest mountain. Inactive volcano Chimborazo in Ecuador, while a comparatively smaller 6268 metres above sea level is actually the highest point on Earth, if you measure the highest point by how far you can get from the centre. This is due to the location of Chimborazo. The Earth is not a perfectly round sphere, rather it has what is know as an equatorial bulge where the planet is much wider measuring around the equator than around from pole to pole. Such is the difference between the two that standing at sea level at the north of south pole you may be 21.36km closer to the centre of the Earth than if you were standing at sea level at the equator. Chimborazo is closer to the equator than Mount Everest and so technically speaking it is higher, but let’s be honest, you’re probably going to feel a lot more accomplished if you climb Mt. Everest.

~ Darcie Rae 

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