Why is Mt. Everest So Massive?

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Dr. Lynda

 Is the wonder of Mt. Everest amplified by the colossal and fascinating forces at work, changing the mountain every single day?

Image: Climber on top of Everest on a clear day
Source: Sandra Leduc// Wikimedia, Jon Kedrowsk on Everest, May 2012

Did you know Mt. Everest is getting taller every day?

How about the fact that it’s part of a mountain range (the Himalaya’s) that is a much younger mountain range than the smaller Appalachian mountains which run through the Ever Widening Circles home-base here in Vermont?

What determines how mountains get bigger or smaller?

Mt. Everest happens to exist in a proverbial perfect storm of conditions that contribute to its formidable size and shape. The facts are fascinating and made me have a little better appreciation for the impulses of the almost 1000 climbers a year that attempt to concur its summit.

Here’s an entertaining look at the forces at work carving mountains and valleys, right under our own feet, where ever we stand:


Via: TED-Ed 1

Great work from TED-Ed there!

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~ Dr. Lynda

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