CHIMBORAZO DAY

Sunday, June 3rd: Chimba … Chimbo … Huh? It’s CHIMBORAZO DAY? What in the world is a Chimborazo? Do you eat it? Do you throw it? Do you run from it?

No running needed; Chimborazo, or MOUNT Chimborazo, if you please, just sits there. Proudly and majestically, Mount Chimborazo is an inactive volcano in Ecuador, rising 20,565 feet into the skies. Its claim to fame is that it reaches further out into space than any other mountain peak on Earth. Even though Mount Everest claims the title of highest mountain on Earth (nearly 10,000 feet higher thanMountChimborazo), it’s further from the moon. Mount Chimborazo is cheating a little. You know when you can’t quite reach the top shelf in the kitchen; you utilize a stepstool to give you that extra needed boost? With Mount Chimborazo being near the equator, that little extra bulge around the center of the earth (that many of us don’t realize is there), gives Chimborazo that little stepstool effect, giving it an extra 1.5-mile stretch. (Yep, the Earth too has one of those little middle-aged, too-many-french-fries “spare tire” bulges.)

The distance from the center of Earth to sea level at the equator is 13 miles greater than the distance from the center of Earth to sea level at the North Pole. Whew, that’s some “spare tire” Mother Earth.

Now, what to do with that information? I’m not sure how useful you’ll find it; but I know I’ve learned several new tidbits for the day. And finding a new day to celebrate, along with learning something new is ALWAYS a good day! Happy Chimborazo Day!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Megan
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 18:26:34

    I loved the article! I did not know that the Earth bulged at the center. Too cool.

    Reply

  2. hiyacynthia
    Jun 04, 2012 @ 16:14:55

    I would have said you eat it. I learn so much from your blog!

    Reply

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