Friday, February 24, 2012 10:34:46 PM
I love this sh*t, I have a passion for geodetics (sad, I know).
Say, here's a head-melter. In the video buddy describes Everest as the "tallest mountain in the world". See, that`s where it get`s funky.
Everest is better described as the "highest mountain in the world", being the highest point on our planet above sea level. The "tallest mountain in the world" is probably Mauna Kea in Hawaii, being much larger from base to apex. Sure, most of it is underwater, but why is sea level the measure? F*ck, if you want to get really funky, and pick your base-point datum of measurement of height as the centre of the earth (and why not? It`s just as arbitrary as the rest of the datums), then the beaches around the equator are higher than Everest due to the earth being an oblate spheroid because of planetary rotation.