Farthest Point From Earth’s Center: Chimborazo, Ecuador
You might think that Mount Everest is the highest point on the planet. You’d be mistaken. That honour, in fact, goes to Chimborazo, a stratovolcano in the Andes that few people outside of Ecuador have even heard of.
This might sound far fetched, such is Everest’s awe-inspiring altitude, but science has ruled that Chimborazo is the highest.
This anomaly is due to the fact that the Earth is not a perfect sphere. The planet is, in fact, an oblate ellipsoid, a misshapen circle that is flatter at the poles and that bulges at the equator.
This means that, measured from the centre of the Earth rather than from sea level, as is traditional, Chimborazo’s snow-capped summit, standing tall at 6,263 metres, is technically higher than Everest’s. This makes it Earth’s closest point to Outer Space — and a location that beckons those drawn to extreme places.
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