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Old 05-22-2009, 12:00 PM
Shamozzle Shamozzle is offline
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Originally Posted by pipper View Post
notfrommensa is on the right track. It's because Kili is the world's largest/ tallest freestanding mountain (that is on land anyway. I think there are some underwater volcanoes that are larger).

In other words, the difference between the summit and the surrounding land is the greatest. Everest is higher, but since the surrounding land is also very high, the absolute difference is less.
I believe Mount McKinley/Denali takes the cake in that department, with a relative vertical relief of around 5.5 km.