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How tall can a mountain be on Earth? [Geology]
posted April 4 2013 20:20.26 by Giorgos Lazaridis




Mountains are tall, but how tall can they be? Is mountain Everest the tallest mountain that Earth can support? There is a big limiting factor here - The Earth's crust is solid enough to support a mountain, but it cannot support infinite weight. The problem is that the crust is actually divided into the tectonic plates which float on a magma sea. Adding too much weight will cause the crust to sink deeper into the magma and simply melt and become magma itself!



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