Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Geography Quiz 2: The Tallest Mountain

This geography quiz is dedicated to the largest mountain.

1) What is the largest mountain?
2) Where is it?
3) How did it form?

Feel free to answer via commenting

The answer is now in the comments section


data diplomacy said...

Mauna Loa, Hawaii, Shield volcano

Yosef said...

The answer is Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Despite being lower than Mount Everest in terms of elevation above sea level, it's actually higher when judging from the ocean floor. Whereas Everest is 8848 metres above sea level, Mauna Kea is 10,200 metres from the bottom of the ocean floor to its highest point of 4205 metres above sea level. It was formed from volcanism.

KK (via e-mail) said...

Mount Everest, Himalayan mountain range, it formed when the tectonic plate containing india rubbed up against the asian land mass above it.

Catholicgauze said...

Good answers, everyone. The standard "just what is the highest mountain on earth" question ( blogged about earlier ) could have tripped me up... if I asked for the tallest mountain on earth.

However, the question was just for the tallest mountain. Currently, the tallest known mountain is Rheasilvia on 4 Vesta. This beast, named after the mother of Romulus and Remus, is larger than Olympus Mons. It comes in at over 14 miles high (22 kilometers). It is a central peak crater formed by a very large impact of a comet-like object.