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    Trivia

    Thought it might be nice to share some interesting trivia.

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    Mount McKinley (6194m) in Alaska is the highest mountain in North America. It is also the world's 'tallest' mountain above sea level - the vertical distance from its base to its peak is 5486m, comfortably surpassing many of the planet's highest peaks, including Everest.

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    Moana Loa on Hawaii is something like 18,000m from bottom to top.

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    Worker leaf cutter ants live for one-two days, yet the Queen leaf cutter ant can live for up to ten years.

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    Johannesburg is the world's largest city not situated on a river, lake or coastline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trim Goulash View Post
    Thought it might be nice to share some interesting trivia.

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    Mount McKinley (6194m) in Alaska is the highest mountain in North America. It is also the world's 'tallest' mountain above sea level - the vertical distance from its base to its peak is 5486m, comfortably surpassing many of the planet's highest peaks, including Everest.
    I thought all mountains were measured by their height above sea level .

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    They are, but the tibetan plateau is already at an elevation of around 4000m so Everest is 'only' another 4000m on top McKinley is part of the Alaskan ridge that is about 1000m therefore giving it a vertical height of over 5000m!

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    Well I thought Killimanjaro was nearly 6000metres high and free standing so doesn't that beat McKinley ? God I am a pedant aren't I .

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    It's close but McKinley is slightly taller when measured base to peak (although defining the 'base' is a matter of some debate admittedly). Kilimanjaro is indeed the highest free-standing mountain (not part of a range) on earth at 5895m. Both are awesome and fascinating peaks.

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    The second nearest star to earth/our solar system is Proxima Centauri in the constellation of Centaurus. It's about 4.2 light years away.

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    A hill has to be 2000ft or over to qualify as a Mountain.

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    You know I'd always thought a mountain was over 3000ft you know like a Munro :-(

    christ...at 2000ft that would mean there would be mountains in frigging yorkshire for fucks sake!

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    Certainly aren't any in Surrey, with Leith Hill being 1000ft inc sizeable tower! Does that mean we can't call ourselves MTB riders? HLB riders possibly?

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    Olympus Mons on Mars, 14 miles high, is the tallest mountain on any planet in the solar system

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    How do they measure that . It can't be above sea level as there is no sea on Mars .

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    he traditional method of estimating the height of a mountain while you’re on one is by taking the temperature of a pot of boiling water.
    Water boils when the pressure of the steam trying to escape from it exceeds the pressure of the air above it. Air pressure decreases with altitude in a rather neat way.
    For every 1,000ft gained in height, the boiling point of water reduces by 1.8F (1C). So, at 15,000ft (the summit of Mont Blanc) water boils at 184F (84.4C). At the top of Everest it boils at 158F (70C) and at 75,000ft it would boil at room temperature.
    This form of measurement is called hypsometry (from the Greek hypsos, “height” and metria, “measure”). In his travelogue A Tramp Abroad (1880), Mark Twain (1835-1910) tells how, on an expedition to the Swiss Alps, he tried to calculate the altitude by boiling his barometer in bean soup. This gave “a strong barometer taste to the soup” which was so unexpectedly popular he had the expedition cook make it every day.

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    Animal gestation periods: the shortest is the American opossum, which bears its young 12 to 13 days after conception; the longest is the Asiatic elephant, taking 608 days, or just over 20 months.

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