The Highest Place On Earth

Mount Everest is normally said to be the highest mountain on earth. Reaching 29,029 feet at its summit, Everest is the highest point above global mean sea level — the average level for the ocean surface from which elevations are measured. However, you may be surprised to learn that Everest is not the tallest mountain on earth. That honor belongs to Mauna Kea, a volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mauna Kea originates deep beneath the Pacific Ocean and rises more than 33,500 feet from base the peak. Today the Mauna Kea Science Reserve has 13 observation facilities and is considered one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observation due to favorable conditions.