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THE HIGHEST POINT ON EARTH

  Ecuador's highest point is Mt. Chimborazo. It reaches a height of 20,561 feet. Its lowest point is at the Pacific coastline. If elevation were measured from the center of the Earth the the highest peak, Mt. Chimborazo would be the highest point on Earth, not Mt. Everest! The summit of Mount Everest reaches a higher elevation above sea level, but the summit of Chimborazo is widely reported to be the farthest point on the surface from Earth's center with Huascarán a very close second. The summit of the Chimborazo is the fixed point on Earth which has the utmost distance from the center – because of the oblate spheroid shape of the planet Earth which is "thicker" around the...

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THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE- WHY THEY HAVE BROAD SHOULDERS

The indigenous people have been around for a long time. They dress distinctively. The women wear bright white shirts with embroidered flowers and long black skirts, multiple layers of gold beads around their necks, and their long, glossy hair wrapped with a ribbon in the back. Men wear black felt hats covering their long braided hair, wearing wool ponchos, and often with bright white pants. They both wear a sandal that looks like a flat espadrille. The people themselves are small – I am taller than almost every man here at 5’6″ – but they have broader chests that allow them to easily breathe at such a high altitude.

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