# The Farthest Point from Earth's Center

The highest mountain on earth is Mt. Everest in Nepal at 29,029 feet above sea level. However, it not the point on earth that is farthest from the center of the planet. That honor belongs to the volcano called Chimborazo in Ecuador.
The summit of the Chimborazo is the fixed point on Earth which has the utmost distance from the center – because of the modified ball shape of the planet Earth which is "thicker" around the Equator than measured around the poles.[note 3] Chimborazo is one degree south of the Equator and the Earth's diameter at the Equator is greater than at the latitude of Everest (8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level), nearly 28° north, with sea level also elevated. Despite being 2,580 m (8,465 ft) lower in elevation above sea level, it is 6,384.4 km (3,967.1 mi) from the Earth's centre, 2,168 m (7,113 ft) or 2.168 km (1.347 mi) farther than the summit of Everest (6,382.3 km (3,965.8 mi) from the Earth's center).[note 4] However, by the criterion of elevation above sea level, Chimborazo is not even the highest peak of the Andes.

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The centre of the earth as far as I'm concerned would be the halfway point of the rotational axis. But how do you measure that?
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How is the center of the earth defined? Center of mass? Mean distance from every point on the surface? The earth isn't uniformly dense, so I don't think they are the same.
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If you really didn't know that the earth isn't perfectly round you're twice as close to believing that the earth is flat as a non-American.
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Thanks for this enlighting piece of information...
This opens the Question if the Mariana trench is still the closest point to the earth center...
and where is the closest/farest points of the sea level...
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