• Mount Everest is a part of two nations: China and Nepal. The traditional Chinese name of Mount Everest is Chomolungma. The traditional Nepalese name is Sagarmatha. A British surveyor, Sir Andrew Scott Waugh, gave Mount Everest its English name in 1865. He named it after Sir George Everest, a Welsh geographer.
  • Mount Everest, and even Mauna Kea, are far from the highest mountains in the solar system. The highest mountain in the solar system is probably Olympus Mons, a volcano on Mars. Olympus Mons rises about 22 kilometers (14 miles) into the Martian atmosphere. (That's 22,000 meters, or 72,178 feet—more than twice the height of Mount Everest!)
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one of the seven main land masses on Earth.

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our planet, the third from the Sun. The Earth is the only place in the known universe that supports life.

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height above or below sea level.

geographer
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person who studies places and the relationships between people and their environments.

Himalaya Mountains
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mountain range between India and Nepal.

Indian subcontinent
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landmass in south-central Asia carried by the Indian tectonic plate, including the peninsula of India.

Mars
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fourth planet from the sun, between Earth and Jupiter.

Mauna Kea
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dormant volcano in the U.S. state of Hawaii. (4,205 meters/13,796 feet tall)

mountain
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landmass that forms as tectonic plates interact with each other.

Mount Everest
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highest spot on Earth, 8,850 meters (29,035 feet). Mount Everest is part of the Himalaya range, in Nepal and China.

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political unit made of people who share a common territory.

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base level for measuring elevations. Sea level is determined by measurements taken over a 19-year cycle.

solar system
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the sun and the planets, asteroids, comets, and other bodies that orbit around it.

summit
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highest point of a mountain.

surveyor
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person who analyzes the specific boundaries and features of a piece of land using mathematical concepts such as geometry.