The 10 Tallest Mountains in the Solar System

olympus-mons3Following are the 10 tallest known mountains in our Solar System. Hawaii’s Mauna Kea is the only mountain on Earth that makes the Top 10. Some clarification is in order. Mt. Everest is the highest peak on Earth, as measured from sea level. However, actual mountain heights are measured from the base of the mountain. By that measure Mt. Everest is on 2.3 to 2.9 miles high. As you can see, Mars dominates the solar system, when it comes to tallest mountains.

Mountain Height Solar System Body
Olympus Mons 15.5 miles Mars
*Rheasilvea Mons 14.2 miles Vesta (asteroid)
Equatorial Ridge 12.4 miles Iapetus (Saturn moon)
Ascreaus Mons 11.3 miles Mars
Boösaule Montes 10.9 miles Io (Jupiter moon)
Arsia Mons 9.9 miles Mars
Pavonis Mons 8.7 miles Mars
Elysium Mons 7.8 miles Mars
Maxwell Montes 6.8 miles Venus
**Mauna Kea 6.2 miles Earth

Source: Multiple

* Measuring mountains on other bodies has some margin for error and there several ways to measure a mountain. By one measurement, Rheasilvea Mons toppled Olympus Mons as the tallest mountain in the solar system. However, most experts continue to consider Olympus Mons the tallest mountain the solar system.

** Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are very close to the same height. Most experts say that Mauna Kea is slightly taller.

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About Ray Davis

Ray Davis is an author and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. His latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening trilogy - speculative fiction series focusing the issues of humanity's past and future. The series is heavily influenced by the science fiction genre. Book 1 - Revelation - is now available - Ray has written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential. In 2007, Ray founded The Affirmation Spot - a website offering downloadable mp3 motivational tools and affirmations. Ray began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. His thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, he has melded these ideas into his own philosophy on self-development. He has written and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve his own life and has a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. In 2010 he authored an eBook titled The Power to Be You: 417 Original Daily Thoughts for Personal Empowerment. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Louisburg, KS with his wife, April, two grown stepkids, and his black lab, Mia.
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