We find out if a mountain on Earth could ever reach 20 km high. Plus we ask, what is going on during an emotional breakdown?
Eugenie Podolsky wrote in with: I am wondering just how high a mountain on Earth could be?
On Earth, the height of a mountain is a race between:
At the other end of the scale, astronomers have been able to estimate the height of mountains on Pulsars - at a height of millionths of a meter (much less than the width of a human hair)!
Since a rotating planet or larger body adopts an ellipsoidal shape. So the height of any mountain should be measured relative to this imaginary surface.