Bigger at the top: some mountains are upside-down

Mountains are, on the face of it, pretty simple, right? They start out wide and massive and end up in a tiny spike way at the top. Intuition would have it that this means that mountains are smaller at the top than at the bottom, because hey, there’s all this landmass down there and just the tiny top at the … top, right?

Not exactly.

Easy proof: mountains are bigger near the top

MinutePhysics, always ready to cry “science!” and let slip the dogs of mathematics, (kind of like calculators with legs) are here to turn your world upside-down. In a way.


Isn’t it just the greatest when someone bulldozes your preconceptions with a healthy dose of structured thinking?