Everyone knows that Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world. Its altitude is 8,848 meters. However, if you think that Mount Everest is the highest point on the earth, you are wrong. Isn’t the highest mountain peak the highest point on earth?
The earth is an irregular sphere, and the equator area bulges outward. Therefore, the area on the equator is significantly higher than the area at low latitudes. The radius of the earth’s equator is 6378.2 kilometers, and the radius from the center of the earth to the north and south poles is 6356.9088 kilometers. It can be seen that the equatorial radius is longer than the radius of the north and south poles.
Calculated from the center of the earth, Mount Chimborazo, located near the equator, is 6384.10 kilometers away from the center of the earth, while Mount Everest is 6381.95 kilometers away from the center of the earth. Although the altitude of Mount Chimborazo is only 6,267.91 meters from sea level, it is the highest point of the earth due to its location in the uplift of the earth.