Link to Mailbag Article: Which is taller, Everest or K2? – CKDext
I’ve heard some similar question to this before that demonstrates just how pedantic people like me can get.
The word in question is “taller.” Mt. Everest is, as most everyone will agree (and isn’t “most everyone” an interesting oxymoron?) the <it>highest</it> mountain in the world, meaning it reaches the greatest extent above sea level. However, I have heard it said that the <it>tallest</it> mountain in the world, measured from base to summit, is Mauna Kea, in Hawaii. The online encyclopedia at www.infoplease.com, for example, calls it “the highest island mountain in the world, rising c. 32,000 ft (9,750 m) from the Pacific Ocean floor”, which certainly trounces Everest.
So what <it>are</it> the highest mountains in the world? Where does Everest (and, for that matter, K2) rank on this list?
Thanx! Ciao for niao!
Mike “Hammer” Hammond…
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