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Majestic photos from the world's 50 tallest mountains

  • Majestic photos from the world's 50 tallest mountains
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    Majestic photos from the world's 50 tallest mountains

    In most elementary schools, children are introduced to a handful of explorers throughout history who were primarily responsible for circumnavigating the globe and unifying people of various geographic locations, the likes of whom include Marco Polo, Lewis and Clark, and Ferdinand Magellan. Hundreds of years ago, these men took to the oceans in search of a new frontier, traveling north and south, east and west in the hopes of discovering something new they could share with their compatriots upon return to their home country. Perhaps underappreciated for their exploratory contribution to history, England’s Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepal’s Tenzing Norgay successfully ascended the 29,035-foot summit of the Himalayas’ Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, for the first time in human history.

    Thanks to trailblazing climbers such as Hillary and Norgay setting the precedent that these kinds of ascents are humanly possible, future generations with advanced technologies have been able to go on similar expeditions and capture breathtaking photographs of some of Earth’s most impressive mountain ranges. Using data from Peaklist, Stacker has composed a list of the world’s tallest mountains according to prominence, a measurement of the shortest possible distance between a mountain’s peak and base, and included otherworldly images to accompany each one.

    Read on to be blown away by some of the most marvelous natural formations this planet has to offer.

  • #50. Mount Blackburn
    2/ Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve // Flickr

    #50. Mount Blackburn

    Elevation: 16,391 ft

    Prominence: 11,598 ft

    Location: 61º44' N, 143º26' W (Alaska, USA)

  • #49. Kongur Shan
    3/ Yunsheng Bai // Flickr

    #49. Kongur Shan

    Elevation: 25,095 ft

    Prominence: 11,762 ft

    Location: 38º36' N, 75º19' E (China)

  • #48. Mount Ararat (Agri Dagi)
    4/ Henri Nissen // Wikimedia Commons

    #48. Mount Ararat (Agri Dagi)

    Elevation: 16,853 ft

    Prominence: 11,847 ft

    Location: 39º42' N, 44º18' E (Turkey)

  • #47. Minya Konka (Mount Gongga)
    5/ Kogo // Wikimedia Commons

    #47. Minya Konka (Mount Gongga)

    Elevation: 24,790 ft

    Prominence: 11,949 ft

    Location: 29º36' N, 101º53' E (China)

  • #46. Ritacuba Blanco
    6/ Petruss // Wikimedia Commons

    #46. Ritacuba Blanco

    Elevation: 17,749 ft

    Prominence: 11,959 ft

    Location: 6º29' N, 72º18' W (Colombia)

  • #45. Finisterre Range HP (Mount Boising)
    7/ Petter Bjørstad

    #45. Finisterre Range HP (Mount Boising)

    Elevation: 13,533 ft

    Prominence: 12,057 ft

    Location: 5º57' S, 146º22' E (Papua New Guinea)

  • #44. Gunung Semeru (Mount Semeru)
    8/ Arian Zwegers // Wikimedia Commons

    #44. Gunung Semeru (Mount Semeru)

    Elevation: 12,060 ft

    Prominence: 12,060 ft

    Location: 8º06' S, 112º55' E (Indonesia)

  • #43. Nevado Ojos del Salado
    9/ Sergejf // Wikimedia Commons

    #43. Nevado Ojos del Salado

    Elevation: 22,615 ft

    Prominence: 12,100 ft

    Location: 27º07' S, 68º32' W (Argentina/Chile)

  • #42. Gunnbjørn Fjeld
    10/ Maxim Bouev // Wikimedia Commons

    #42. Gunnbjørn Fjeld

    Elevation: 12,119 ft

    Prominence: 12,119 ft

    Location: 68º55' N, 29º54' W (Greenland)

  • #41. Monte San Valentin
    11/ Miguel Vieira // Wikimedia Commons

    #41. Monte San Valentin

    Elevation: 13,313 ft

    Prominence: 12,126 ft

    Location: 46º36' S, 73º20' W (Chile)

  • #40. Pico del Teide (Mount Teide)
    12/ Daniel Gainza // Wikimedia Commons

    #40. Pico del Teide (Mount Teide)

    Elevation: 12,198 ft

    Prominence: 12,198 ft

    Location: 28º16' N, 16º39' W (Spain)

  • #39. Kangchenjunga
    13/ Tomabarker // Wikimedia Commons

    #39. Kangchenjunga

    Elevation: 28,169 ft

    Prominence: 12,867 ft

    Location: 27º42' N, 88º09' E (India/Nepal)

  • #39. Gunung Rinjani
    14/ Wisnu Widiarta // Pixabay

    #39. Gunung Rinjani

    Elevation: 12,224 ft

    Prominence: 12,224 ft

    Location: 8º25' S, 116º28' E (Indonesia)

  • #38. Cerro Chirripó
    15/ Mariordo // Wikimedia Commons

    #38. Cerro Chirripó

    Elevation: 12,533 ft

    Prominence: 12,228 ft

    Location: 9º29' N, 83º29' W (Costa Rica)

  • #37. Jbel Toubkal
    16/ Omer Simkha // Flickr

    #37. Jbel Toubkal

    Elevation: 13,671 ft

    Prominence: 12,319 ft

    Location: 31º04' N, 7º55' W (Morocco)

  • #36. Mount Cook (Aoraki)
    17/ Bernard Spragg // Flickr

    #36. Mount Cook (Aoraki)

    Elevation: 12,319 ft

    Prominence: 12,319 ft

    Location: 43º36' S, 170º08' E (New Zealand)

  • #35. Mount Fuji
    18/ Dr. Bernd Gross // Wikimedia Commons

    #35. Mount Fuji

    Elevation: 12,388 ft

    Prominence: 12,388 ft

    Location: 35º22' N, 138º44' E (Japan)

  • #34. Mount Erebus
    19/ Lin Padgham // Flickr

    #34. Mount Erebus

    Elevation: 12,448 ft

    Prominence: 12,448 ft

    Location: 77º31' S, 167º11' E (Antarctica)

  • #33. Gunung Kerinci (Mount Kerinci)
    20/ Uprising // Wikimedia Commons

    #33. Gunung Kerinci (Mount Kerinci)

    Elevation: 12,483 ft

    Prominence: 12,483 ft

    Location: 1º42' S, 101º16' E (Indonesia)

  • #32. Mount Kenya
    21/ Masa Sakano // Flickr

    #32. Mount Kenya

    Elevation: 17,057 ft

    Prominence: 12,549 ft

    Location: 0º09' S, 37º18' E (Kenya)

  • #31. Mount Cameroon
    22/ rem734 // Pixabay

    #31. Mount Cameroon

    Elevation: 13,254 ft

    Prominence: 12,798 ft

    Location: 4º13' N, 9º10' E (Cameroon)

  • #30. Tirich Mir
    23/ manalahmadkhan // Wikimedia Commons

    #30. Tirich Mir

    Elevation: 25,288 ft

    Prominence: 12,827 ft

    Location: 36º15' N, 71º51' E (Pakistan)

  • #28. Ngaliema (Mount Stanley)
    24/ El.Sarmiento // Wikimedia Commons

    #28. Ngaliema (Mount Stanley)

    Elevation: 16,762 ft

    Prominence: 12,962 ft

    Location: 0º23' N, 29º52' E (Congo/Uganda)

  • #27. Yushain (Mount Jade, Mount Yu)
    25/ Grantabc99 // Wikimedia Commons

    #27. Yushain (Mount Jade, Mount Yu)

    Elevation: 12,966 ft

    Prominence: 12,966 ft

    Location: 23º28' N, 120º57' E (Taiwan)

  • #26. Mount Fairweather
    26/ Eric E Castro // Wikimedia Commons

    #26. Mount Fairweather

    Elevation: 15,325 ft

    Prominence: 12,956 ft

    Location: 58º54' N, 137º31' W (US/Canada)

  • #25. Pico Bolívar
    27/ ALJB // Wikimedia Commons

    #25. Pico Bolívar

    Elevation: 16,341 ft

    Prominence: 12,982 ft

    Location: 8º32' N, 71º03' W (Venezuela)

  • #24. Volcán Tajumulco
    28/ Javier Ruata // Flickr

    #24. Volcán Tajumulco

    Elevation: 13,845 ft

    Prominence: 13,058 ft

    Location: 15º03' N, 91º54' W (Guatemala)

  • #23. Ras Dejen
    29/ Florian Fell // Wikimedia Commons

    #23. Ras Dejen

    Elevation: 15,092 ft

    Prominence: 13,090 ft

    Location: 13º14' N, 38º22' E (Ethiopia)

  • #22. K2 (Mount Godwin-Austen, Chhogori)
    30/ Kuno Lechner // Wikimedia Commons

    #22. K2 (Mount Godwin-Austen, Chhogori)

    Elevation: 28,251 ft

    Prominence: 13,179 ft

    Location: 35º53' N, 76º31' E (Pakistan/China)

  • #21. Mount Rainier
    31/ Stan Shebs // Wikimedia Commons

    #21. Mount Rainier

    Elevation: 14,411 ft

    Prominence: 13,196 ft

    Location: 46º51' N, 121º46' W (Washington, USA)

  • #20. Gunung Kinabalu (Mount Kinabalu)
    32/ kennethr // Pixabay

    #20. Gunung Kinabalu (Mount Kinabalu)

    Elevation: 13,435 ft

    Prominence: 13,435 ft

    Location: 6º04' N, 116º34' E (Malaysia)

  • #19. Namcha Barwa
    33/ Cherry933 // Wikimedia Commons

    #19. Namcha Barwa

    Elevation: 25,531 ft

    Prominence: 13,471 ft

    Location: 29º38' N, 95º03' E (China)

  • #18. Bogda Shan
    34/ Leoboudv // Wikimedia Commons

    #18. Bogda Shan

    Elevation: 17,864 ft

    Prominence: 13,523 ft

    Location: 43º48' N, 88º20' E (China)

  • #17. Chimborazo
    35/ Waszti // Pixabay

    #17. Chimborazo

    Elevation: 20,561 ft

    Prominence: 13,523 ft

    Location: 1º28' S, 78º49' W (Ecuador)

  • #16. Jengish Chokusu (Pik Pobedy)
    36/ Chen Zhao // Wikimedia Commons

    #16. Jengish Chokusu (Pik Pobedy)

    Elevation: 24,406 ft

    Prominence: 13,609 ft

    Location: 42º02' N, 80º07' E (Kyrgyzstan/China)

  • #15. Mauna Kea
    37/ pedrik // Flickr

    #15. Mauna Kea

    Elevation: 13,796 ft

    Prominence: 13,796 ft

    Location: 19º49' N, 155º28' W (Hawaii, USA)

  • #14. Nanga Parbat (Diamer)
    38/ Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi // Flickr

    #14. Nanga Parbat (Diamer)

    Elevation: 26,657 ft

    Prominence: 15,118 ft

    Location: 35º14' N, 74º36' E (Pakistan)

  • #13. Klyuchevskaya Volcano
    39/ ShinePhantom // Wikimedia Commons

    #13. Klyuchevskaya Volcano

    Elevation: 15,584 ft

    Prominence: 15,252 ft

    Location: 56º03' N, 160º39' E (Russia)

  • #12. Mount Damavand
    40/ Greger Ravik // Wikimedia Commons

    #12. Mount Damavand

    Elevation: 18,405 ft

    Prominence: 15,311 ft

    Location: 35º57' N, 52º07' E (Iran)

  • #11. Mont Blanc
    41/ Jan-Jaap Poldervaart // Pixabay

    #11. Mont Blanc

    Elevation: 15,777 ft

    Prominence: 15,406 ft

    Location: 45º50' N, 6º52' E (France/Italy)

  • #10. Gora Elbrus (Mount Elbrus)
    42/ Jason Blue-Smith // Wikimedia Commons

    #10. Gora Elbrus (Mount Elbrus)

    Elevation: 18,510 ft

    Prominence: 15,554 ft

    Location: 43º21' N, 42º26' E (Russia)

  • #9. Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid)
    43/ Alfindra Primaldhi // Wikimedia Commons

    #9. Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid)

    Elevation: 16,023 ft

    Prominence: 16,023 ft

    Location: 4º04' S, 137º11' E (Indonesia)

  • #8. Vinson Massif
    44/ Christian Stangl // Wikimedia Commons

    #8. Vinson Massif

    Elevation: 16,050 ft

    Prominence: 16,050 ft

    Location: 78º31' S, 85º36' W (Antarctica)

  • #7. Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltépetl)
    45/ pacomexico // Wikimedia Commons

    #7. Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltépetl)

    Elevation: 18,491 ft

    Prominence: 16,148 ft

    Location: 19º02' N, 97º16' W (Mexico)

  • #6. Mount Logan
    46/ Gerald Holdsworth // Wikimedia Commons

    #6. Mount Logan

    Elevation: 19,550 ft

    Prominence: 17,224 ft

    Location: 60º34' N, 140º24' W (Canada)

  • #5. Pico Cristóbal Colón
    47/ Gunjarinmaku // Wikimedia Commons

    #5. Pico Cristóbal Colón

    Elevation: 18,701 ft

    Prominence: 18,074 ft

    Location: 10º50' N, 73º41' W (Colombia)

  • #4. Mount Kilimanjaro
    48/ Chris 73 // Wikimedia Commons

    #4. Mount Kilimanjaro

    Elevation: 19,340 ft

    Prominence: 19,308 ft

    Location: 3º04' S, 37º21' E (Tanzania)

  • #3. Denali (formerly Mount McKinley)
    49/ Frank K. // Wikimedia Commons

    #3. Denali (formerly Mount McKinley)

    Elevation: 20,320 ft

    Prominence: 20,138 ft

    Location: 63º06' N, 151º03' W (Alaska, USA)

  • #2. Aconcagua
    50/ Miguel // Flickr

    #2. Aconcagua

    Elevation: 22,841 ft

    Prominence: 22,841 ft

    Location: 32º39' S, 70º01' W (Argentina)

  • #1. Mount Everest
    51/ shrimpo1967 // Wikimedia Commons

    #1. Mount Everest

    Elevation: 29,028 ft

    Prominence: 29,028 ft

    Location: 27º59' N, 86º55' E (Nepal/Tibet)

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