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The summit of Chimborazo, the point on the Earth's surface that is farthest from the Earth's center
Highest point
Elevation6,263.47 m (20,549.4 ft)[note 1]
Prominence4,118 m (13,510 ft)[1]
Ranked 18th
Isolation846 km (526 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
ListingCountry high point
Coordinates01°28′09″S 78°49′03″W / 1.46917°S 78.81750°W / -1.46917; -78.81750
Chimborazo is located in Ecuador
ProvinceChimborazo Province
Parent rangeAndes, Cordillera Occidental
Topo mapIGM, CT-ÑIV-C1[2]
Age of rockPaleogene[3]
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Last eruption550 AD ± 150 years[4]
Easiest routeGlacier/snow climb PD

Chimborazo (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃimboˈɾaso] ) is an inactive stratovolcano situated in the Cordillera Occidental range of the Andes. Its last known eruption is believed to have occurred around 550 A.D.[4] Despite not being the tallest mountain in the Andes or on Earth, its summit holds the distinction of being the farthest point on Earth's surface from the Earth's center, due to its location along the planet's equatorial bulge.[5] Chimborazo's height is 6,263 m (20,548 ft), well below that of Mount Everest (8,849 m).

Chimborazo stands as the highest mountain in Ecuador and ranks as the 39th highest peak in the entire Andes.[6]

The mountain is a popular destination for mountaineering due to its challenging climbing routes, which involve traversing snow, ice, and rocky terrain. Climbers often need specialized gear like crampons and technical climbing equipment to tackle its routes.

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  5. ^ "What is the highest point on Earth as measured from Earth's center?". National Ocean Service. Retrieved 18 November 2022.
  6. ^ "List of mountains in the Andes", Wikipedia, 2020-01-15, retrieved 2020-01-20

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