Where is Mount Everest Located? - Lesson for Kids

Where is Mount Everest Located? - Lesson for Kids
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  • 0:04 Mount Everest
  • 0:52 Location, Location
  • 1:58 Formation & History
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Instructor: David Wilson

David has taught college history and holds an MA in history.

The tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, stands nearly 30,000 feet above sea level. In this lesson, you'll learn where Mount Everest is located and what dramatic events led to its staggering height.

Mount Everest

What's the tallest building you've ever seen? Maybe you've been to or read about the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, which is nearly 1,000 feet tall. Or maybe you've visited or viewed pictures of the Empire State Building in New York City, which is nearly 1,500 feet tall. No human-made building can ever compare to the biggest mountains, however, and no mountain is bigger than Mount Everest.

Standing 29,029 feet, or roughly 5 1/2 miles, above sea level, Mount Everest is so tall that you could stack ten Empire State Buildings on top of each other but only reach Everest's halfway point. It is located between the Asian countries of Nepal and China in the Himalayan range, which contains the world's tallest mountains.

Location, Location

Mount Everest's location in the Himalayas means that it's not only very high up, but also very cold. A warm day on Mount Everest is zero degrees Fahrenheit. In the wintertime, temperatures can fall as low as 70 degrees below zero. This makes it very challenging for mountain climbers.

At over 29,000 feet, there's not much oxygen in the air. Nothing can live on top of Mount Everest. However, some animals and plants live on the lower parts of the mountain, where it's not as cold and there's more air to breathe. Bamboo trees and flowers like rhododendron grow on the lower slopes and are eaten by deer, hares, monkeys, and yaks. Snow leopards can also be found along the lower slopes.

People who live in Nepal have different names for Mount Everest. They call it Chomolungma, meaning Goddess Mother of the World, and Sagarmatha, which means Ocean Mother. While Mount Everest is famous for being the largest mountain in the world, some geographers say that the Hawaiian island of Mauna Kea is taller, because it starts from the bottom of the ocean and rises to the surface.

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