How Tall Can Mountains Be?

published 7 years ago by Neptune Studios

What is the maximum height for a mountain on Earth!? And why?

This podcast is brought to you by science alert the Facebook page that connects engages and inspire science enthusiasts worldwide follow us at Facebook.com slash science alert or science alert.com. Olympus Mons the tallest mountain in our solar system towers 21000 meters above the surface of Mars nearly 2.5 times the height of Mount Everest on earth you would need a space suit to survive at that altitude but could there even be a mountain that tall here in our home planet based on the strength of earth's gravity and the density and strength of rock in principle you could make a single conical mounds in that stretch between New York and Chicago and soared over 45 kilometers that's twice the size of Olympus Mons and definitely towards Everest however there are a couple of reasons why we can't actually have that humongous amount in here on earth for one earth's crust is made up of continental plates that essentially float in the semi solid rock of the mental below if you add more weight above the surface they sink lower into there's hot interior and when they sing far enough they soften and basically about 4 are comical mountain ...

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