Just by looking at them, mountains never fail to take our breaths away. When you get to see these interesting facts about mountains you’ll be more amazed by them!
Mauna Kea, an inactive volcano on Big Island, Hawaii, USA, is technically the highest volcano in the world. Not Mount Everest? From a plain sighting, Mauna Kea has an elevation of just 4,207.3 meters (13,803 feet). But the truth is, more than half of the mountain is submerged in the sea. Rising from the oceanic base, the total height of Mauna Kea is over 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) tall, making it considerably taller than Mount Everest, which is 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) tall. It is over a million years old, but it made its last eruption about 4,600 years ago.
Jordan Romero from Salt Lake City, Utah became the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Of course, he was accompanied by his father, his step-mother and three Sherpas. Romero has also reached the summits of other mountains such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Vinson Massif.
Mountains were pretty much formed in that way, but the difference is that the mountains are peaked, while plateaus have a flat top.
The names “Marilyn” and “Munro” is a kind of a wordplay of the name “Marilyn Monroe,” the late American actress. Currently there are more than 2,000 “Marilyns” and 282 “Munros” identified.
Yes, when you step on the islands of Hawaii, you’re literally stepping at the top of the mountains!
Two Nepalese climbers — Pem Dorjee, 23 and Moni Mulepati, 24 — exchanged their vows at the peak of Mount Everest. The ceremony was short though, lasting only 10 minutes.
There is no generally accepted explanation on how tall a hill is to be classified as a mountain. It varies from country to country, or region to region. Some areas say it’s 1,000 feet, others say 2,000.
The Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency in the UK and one of the biggest producer of maps, used to say it was 1,000 feet but that was a long time ago.
Actually, the Rocky Mountains is now the world’s third longest mountain range. It stretches from the part of British Columbia, Canada to New Mexico in the United States, more than 3,000 miles.
The lowest point of the mountain can be called a base or a foot.
The higher you go up the mountain, the cooler the air will be. It’s because the Earth’s atmosphere feels less pressure in the higher altitudes, as the gas in the atmosphere goes up and expands. Obviously, the higher the mountain, the thinner and cooler the air will be as you reach towards the peak.
Gangkhar Puensum means “White Peak of the Three Spiritual Brothers.” Its elevation rises up to 7,750 meters (24,840 feet) and has a prominence of 2,995 meters (9,826 feet). It has remained unclimbed out of deference towards the spiritual beliefs of the locals, so climbing the Gangkhar Puensum has been totally prohibited since 2003.
But then again, that depends on the country or region. Some regions insists that any elevation is considered a mountain when it rises up to at least 1,000 feet, some say at least 2,000 feet.
This proves that yes, mountains do have life after all. And they continue to grow, just like Mount Everest. It is getting taller every year because the tectonic plates continue to collide. However, the “4 mm” is quite unsure as some sources say that Mount Everest grows taller by 30 inches a year.
Speaking of German, the Annapurna Massif was first conquered by an 11-man German expedition led by Günther Hauser in 1965.
As of November 11, 1999, the height of Mount Everest is declared as being six feet (2 meters) higher, with the new total height of 29,035 feet (8,850 meters)