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

Since the dawn of humanity mountains have been a source of wonder, adventure, hardship and living. They are given epic names commanding awe and respect, such as Aconcagua ("stone sentinel") and Mawenzi ("the one crumpled, jagged, broken"). Mount Everest in Asia's Himalayas is the tallest peak on Earth, rising into the sky at 29,035 feet.

The English name of Everest comes from the British surveyor and geographer Sir George Everest, who served as India's surveyor general from 1830 to 1843. Having never seen or visited Everest himself, he objected to the naming honours.The Nepalese people name it Sagarmatha, meaning "sky line." Tibetan natives name it Chomolungma, meaning "mountain goddess."

The Milky Way's highest peak by height throws blame on Mount Everest. Olympus Mons is a very large volcano protecting the planet Mars, exceeding 69,841 feet! "Olympus Mons" in Greek mythology is Latin for "Mount Olympus," the home of the gods. On the asteroid Vesta, the highest known mountain in the solar system, Rheasilvia is even bigger. It rises up from the middle of a gigantic crater 14 miles (73,920 feet). Rheasilvia is named after the mythological Vestal virgin Rhea Silvia 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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