You've heard of Mt. Everest, K2 and Denali, but could you point out these peaks on a map? For as much as they loom large in history and geography, surprisingly few people can match some of the world's largest mountains to their location. Think you're one of them? Prove it with this quiz!
The world's mightiest mountains rise nearly 30,000 feet above sea level. Formed when shifting tectonic plates beneath the Earth's crust smash together or when volcanoes spew hot magma, these rocky peaks have proven irresistible to humans, who find themselves fascinated by their beauty, size and off-limits summits. Such is the human fascination with mountains that hundreds of thousands attempt to conquer these peaks each year, investing big money in guides, equipment and training, all to reach a higher point than any previous climber.
Sadly, even with modern technology in the form of the most advanced gear, supplemental oxygen and helicopter flights to base camps, hundreds die on these attempted summits, and a surprising number of their bodies are left behind on the mountain, too heavy to remove, where they serve as a warning to future climbers that the road ahead should not be underestimated.
Whether you're a climber, a nature lover or simply a geography buff, do you know where some of the most famous mountains are located? Find out with this quiz!