“If someone asks you, ‘What is the tallest mountain in the world?’ you’d probably answer, ‘Mount Everest, of course.’ Sadly, you’d be wrong. Technically, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain above sea level, but it isn’t the tallest in the world. That honor goes to Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Mauna Kea rises 13,796 feet above sea level (compared to Everest's 29,035 feet), but it also extends down an additional 19,700 feet below sea level into the Pacific Ocean. That makes it the world’s tallest mountain as measured from base to peak.” [slightly edited]
recent photo of Mauna Kea with snow; taken by my sister from her home
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