The 'Highest' Spot on Earth? : Krulwich Wonders... Mt. Everest, at 29,035 feet, is the highest spot on our planet, right? Well, if you define "highest" as "closest to outer space," there's another winner, due to a great big bulge around the equator.
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The 'Highest' Spot on Earth?

The 'Highest' Spot on Earth?

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Due to a bulge around the equator, Ecuador's Mount Chimborazo is, in fact, closer to the moon and outer space than Mount Everest. Galen Rowell/Corbis hide caption

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Due to a bulge around the equator, Ecuador's Mount Chimborazo is, in fact, closer to the moon and outer space than Mount Everest.

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At 29,035 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is taller than Chimborazo, which is 20,702 feet above sea level (according to Joseph Senne). iStockPhoto.com hide caption

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At 29,035 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is taller than Chimborazo, which is 20,702 feet above sea level (according to Joseph Senne).

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