lithosphere: Highest Peak  




Undisputably, Mount Everest is the highest peak on earth above sea level. But when distance from the center of the earth is considered, the honour falls to a less famous mountain: The Chimborazo in Ecuador. This is due to the fact that the earth is not a perfectly round in shape, and the distance from a point at the equator to the center is greater by approximately 40 kilometers than at the poles.