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Chimborazo Day (June 3)
Mount Chimborazo is an inactive stratovolcano completely covered by glaciers at its peak. It is the highest mountain in Ecuador and in the Andes north of Peru and is higher than any summit north of it across the Americas.
Chimborazo comes out at the top of the list as the highest point on the planet. More than 29,000 feet in height, Mount Everest in the Himalayas is the world’s tallest mountain. However, because 20,564-foot tall Chimborazo sits on the planet’s bulge at the equator, its summit is the farthest point away from the center of the Earth, and is over 6,800 feet farther from the center of the Earth than Everest’s peak, and the part of Earth that is closest to the Moon.
How to Celebrate Chimborazo Day?
To celebrate Chimborazo Day, Climb a hill! Climb a tower! Climb a mountain! You will be just a little bit closer to the place in space that Chimborazo holds.
Science facts courtesy of: NOAA National Ocean Service