Before Mt.Everest was discovered, what was the tallest mountain?

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  • 5 years ago
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    Discovered or not discovered, Mt. Everest has always had the highest elevation of any mountain on Earth (in human times anyway).

    But I think you probably meant to ask, "Before Everest was KNOWN to be the highest, which mountain was thought by Europeans to be the highest mountain?"

    Here is a list:

    Chimborazo, 6,267 metres (20,561 ft). Presumed highest from sixteenth century until the beginning of the 19th century. Not in the top 100 highest mountains when measured from sea level, however due to the earth's equatorial bulge this mountain is, in fact, the farthest point from the Earth's center.

    Nanda Devi, 7,816 metres (25,643 ft). Presumed highest in the world before Kangchenjunga was sighted in an era when Nepal was still closed to the outside world. Now known to be the 23rd highest mountain in the world.

    Dhaulagiri, 8,167 metres (26,795 ft). Presumed highest from 1808 until 1838. Now known to be the 7th highest mountain in the world.

    Kangchenjunga, 8,586 metres (28,169 ft). Presumed highest from 1838 until 1852. Now known to be the 3rd highest mountain in the world.

    Mount Everest, 8,848 metres (29,029 ft). Established as highest in 1852 and officially confirmed in 1856.

    Here is an interesting tidbit about K2.

    K2, 8,611 metres (28,251 ft).

    News media reported in 1986 that satellite measurements by the University of Washington during an expedition to K2 by George Wallenstein had given a height between 29,064 feet (8,859 m) and 29,228 feet (8,909 m). This erroneous figure was quickly retracted, and K2's status as second highest was reaffirmed.

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