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ArcGIS can move mountains

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About the map

The peaks of our world have been a wonder to human explorers throughout history. In the past few centuries, explorers flocked to these extreme heights with the champion of them being Mount Everest, the highest peak on our planet.

However, if you dive deeper, you may be surprised to learn that Mount Everest is not technically the tallest peak on Earth.  To visualise the comparison between the highest and the tallest peaks on Earth, we set out to displace Mount Everest by 12,000 km, moving it from Nepal to the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Why it works

A key aspect of cartography is the use of scale to convey a key message. In this map, by comparing a recognisable mountain peak such as Mount Everest with Mauna Kea, the sheer extent of height is revealed when including Mauna Kea's base elevation below sea level.

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