Which Mountain Is Really the Tallest? Experts Still Disagree

In case you didn’t know, Mount Everest may or may not actually be the world’s tallest mountain. Pointing to the roof of the world may seem simple enough, but proving that’s what you’re pointing at is a lot more complicated.

So … how do we really know the summit of Mount Everest is actually 29,032 feet above sea level? And because we’ve never seen it or various other peaks among the world’s tallest side by side, how do we know which one’s actually the tallest?

That’s what aptly named YouTube channel Be Smart explores in this video. Dig in for healthy conjecture and a tour of the world’s highest peaks, via the scientific method.

Runtime: 10.5 minutes

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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