270th blog … sagarmatha in nepal, and chomolungma in tibet …

Almost everyone calls Mount Everest “the highest mountain in the world” but what does “world’s highest” really mean? Probably the mount everest having the highest elevation above sea level is the highest.

In Nepal, the natives call this mountain as Sagarmatha, and in Tibet they call it Chomolungma.

The peak of Mount Everest is 29,035 feet above sea level, while the highest peak in the philippines is mount apo having less than 10,000 feet only. For me, the greatest mountain is “amang bundok” that was turned female by the invaders from europe through the name “sierra madre”.

Mauna Kea, the “white mountain” in Hawaii has an altitude of 13,796 feet – much lower than Mount Everest.
However, Mauna Kea is an island and if the distance from the bottom of the nearby pacific ocean floor to the peak of the island is measured, then Mauna Kea is “taller” than Mount Everest?

In comparison, Mount Apo which is located between davao and cotabato provinces in mindanao, with an altitude of 9,692 ft. above sea level. So, why not measure the vertical distance from the summit to the baseline of the nearest ocean floor of all the mountains to really know which is the tallest?

And to make it more difficult, start the measurement from the deepest baseline of the philippine deep to the highest peak of every mountain to really know the difference.

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