The Meanings of the Names of the 10 Highest Mountains on Every Continent #infographic

The Meanings of the Names of the 10 Highest Mountains on Every Continent #infographic

Mountains have been a source of wonder, adventure, suffering and life ever since the birth of civilization. Epic titles, such as Aconcagua ("stone sentinel") and Mawenzi ("the one crumpled, jagged, broken") command reverence and admiration. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth in Asia's Himalayas, rising to the sky at 29,035 feet.


Everest 's English name comes from British surveyor and geographer Sir George Everest, who served as the surveyor general for India from 1830 to 1843. The Nepalese people named it Sagarmatha, meaning "sky side." Tibetan natives named it Chomolungma, meaning "mountain goddess." Having never seen or seen Everest himself, he objected to naming honours.
The highest point by height on the Milky Way lends blame to Mount Everest. Olympus Mons is a very large volcano that protects the planet Mars by more than 69,841 feet! To Greek mythology "Olympus Mons" is Latin for "Mount Olympus," the god's home. Rheasilvia is even bigger on the asteroid Vesta, the highest known mountain inside the solar system. It rises 14 miles (73,920 feet) up from the center of a colossal crater. Rheasilvia is modeled after Rhea Silvia, the mythological Vestal virgin, and mother of the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.

The Meanings of the Names of the 10 Highest Mountains on Every Continent #infographic

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