Mountain physics: How some mountains can have larger tops than bottoms.

Mind-bending Physics: Some Mountains Are Bigger at the Top

Mind-bending Physics: Some Mountains Are Bigger at the Top

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June 4 2015 9:21 AM

Wait, Mountains Can Be Bigger at The Top?

Mountains are narrower at their apex, but they may still have a lot of surface area there.

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Mountains tend to be narrower at the top than they are at the bottom—that's fairly obvious. But some mountains can actually be larger at the apex than the base. How? In the video above, the geniuses at MinutePhysics are your knowledgable mountain guides.