# Brain Post: Which Mountainâ€™s Summit is Furthest from the Center of the Earth?

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We all know which mountain is the highest above mean sea level: Â Mt. Everest at 29,028 feet above sea level.

Not many know which mountain is furthest from the center of the Earth. Â To understand the idea behind this, we have to understand that the Earth is not a perfect sphere. Â The Earth is actually bulging along the Equator and flatter at the poles. Â This is caused by the spinning of the Earth on itâ€™s axis (as the Earth rotates, centrifugal force is greatest at the equator so it causes a slight outward bulge there, giving that region a larger circumference and diameter). Â This type of shape is described as an oblate spheroid, or oblate ellipsoid.

The equatorial diameter of Earth is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) longer than the Earthâ€™s pole to pole diameter. Â Thus, a tall mountain right on the Equator would be much further from the center of the Earth than a tall mountain that is far from the Earthâ€™s equator.

MOUNTAIN SUMMIT FURTHEST FROM THE CENTER OF THE EARTH:

– Chimborazo is located 1 degree south of the Equator in Ecuador

– Mt. Everest is at 28 degrees north of the Equator (see image below)

– Chimborazoâ€™s Summit at 20,564â€™ above sea level

– Chimborazo is the mountain furthest from the Earthâ€™s center

– There are several other Andean mountains that are further from the center of the Earth than Mt. Everest as well as Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa

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## 2 thoughts on “Brain Post: Which Mountainâ€™s Summit is Furthest from the Center of the Earth?”

1. spheroid says:

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1. George says:

Excellent explanation!!
Thank you!