# Mount Chimborazo Beats Out Mt. Everest as Highest Point on Earth

by Blaine Metzgar | December 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm
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Thanks to Isaac Newton the peak of Mount Everest has been dethroned as the highest point on Earth by Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador. Well, to be fair the logic behind is a bit skewed as the definition of 'highest' stands as being closest to the moon, stars, and space.

According to Isaac Newton, the centrifugal force of the Earth's spin will result in a slight flattening at the poles and bulging at the equator, which would make the planet slightly oblate. Mathematicians call this an "oblate spheroid," which means that anyone on the equator is already standing "higher," or closer to outer space, than people who aren't on the bulge.

Mount Chimborazo stands at some 20,000-plus-feet above sea level while Mount Everest comes in at 29,035 but applying Newton's logic puts Chimborazo 1.5 miles closer to space than Everest.

The equatorial bulge, by way of centrifugal force, is minimal but undeniable: the equator is a mere 13 miles closer to space than the North and South poles.

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The sunburn factor is probably higher also on Mt. Chimborazo than Mt. Everest, given its equatorial position, and by applying Newton's logic, as mentioned.

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the definition of 'bottom' is the lowest part of something... therefore we find the bottom of Earth is the center of Earth (not the South Pole)... the definition of 'top' is the highest part of something (measuring from the bottom of course)... therefore we find the top of Earth is Mt Chimborazo - 1.7 miles higher than Mt Everest from the bottom (center) of Earth...NORTH IS NOT UP / SOUTH IS NOT DOWN - point one arm to the north and point the other arm up and notice your arms are pointing in two different directions... point one arm south and the other arm down and notice your arms are pointing in two different directions... there are 6 fundamental directions - down, up, east, south, west, north... SOUTH IS NOT DOWN / NORTH IS NOT UP...

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