The Earth's Most Extreme Points: From Highest Peaks to Deepest Depths

TLDR This episode explores the Earth's most extreme points, including the highest peaks, deepest depths, largest waterfalls, and driest and wettest places. From Mount Chimbazoro in Ecuador, the point closest to space, to the Atacama Desert in Chile, the driest place on Earth, and Vostok Station in Antarctica, the coldest place, learn about the incredible geographical features that make our planet unique.

Timestamped Summary

00:00 The Earth's most extreme points are discussed in this episode, including mountains, deserts, rivers, and swamps.
01:38 Mount Chimbazoro in Ecuador is the point on Earth that is closest to space, while Mauna Kea in Hawaii has the highest peak above sea level.
03:19 Mount Denali in Alaska rises higher from its base than Mount Everest, and the highest gravity on Earth can be found on the Arctic Ocean while the lowest is on top of Mount Huaskaran in Peru.
04:51 The deepest point below sea level is Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, and there is debate over whether the Amazon or Nile is the longest river in the world.
06:18 The highest waterfall is Angel Falls in Venezuela, the widest waterfall is Kone Falls on the Mekong River, and the largest sheet of falling water is Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Caspian Sea is the largest freshwater lake, and the driest place in the world is the Atacama Desert in Chile.
07:53 The wettest place on Earth is Moasundram, India, with an average rainfall of close to 39 feet every year, while the coldest place is Vostok Station in Antarctica, with a record temperature of minus 89.2 degrees Celsius.
09:32 Triple Divide Peak in Montana is the only place on Earth where water can flow to the Atlantic, Pacific, or Arctic Ocean, while Two Ocean Creek in Wyoming splits exactly on the continental divide, allowing a fish to theoretically swim from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean over the Rocky Mountains.
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