The Mount Everest And The Emperor Penguins

Everyone knows that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth. But, this is actually true, only if you measure the height of the mountain from the sea level. If you measure it from base to  summit, it is actually the world's second tallest mountain. The first place goes to Mana Kea in the Hawaiian Islands - a one million-year-old dormant volcano that last erupted 4,000 years ago. Its peak is only 13,802 feet above sea level. As the bulk of the mountain is under water, from  base to summit, it is 33,500 feet tall. That makes Mauna Kea almost 1 mile taller than Mount Everest. Because of its altitude and thin and clear air, it is a great place to see the stars. So, Mount Everest might not be the tallest or the farthest from Earth's centre. But, it is still the go to mountian for the extreme climbers worldwide.

Emperor penguins are truly beautiful birds. The largest of different species of penguins, emperor penguins grow about 45 inches tall. Adults have a white stomach and a black head, back tail and wings. They also have yellowish-golden markings on the sie of their head and neck. They inhait Antarctica, Earth's southernmost continent, where tempeatures drop to as low as -60 degrees Celsius. To survive in such low temperatures, these brilliant birds  have special adaptations. They have large stores of insulating body fat and several layers of scale like feathes that protect them from icy winds. The huddle in large groups to keep themselves, and each other, warm. By the time the female lays her egg, she develops a big appetite. She passes the egg to the male before journeying up to 80 kilometres into the open ocean, where she can feed her hungry tummy on fish, squid and krill. 


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