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World Tectonic Plate Highpoints (>1 million sq. km)

List Created by Joel Wilner.

Showing Joel Wilner's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (1 out of 21, or 4.76%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft CountryRange (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Everest29,02929,029China/NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya59 
2.Aconcagua22,84122,841ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes201 
3.Denali20,31020,146United StatesAlaska Range223 
4.Kilimanjaro19,34119,308TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania7422012-07-31
5.Mount Stanley16,76212,874Congo DRC/UgandaEast Rift Valley Ranges38 
6.Vinson Massif16,05016,050AntarcticaEllsworth Mountains40 
7.Carstensz Pyramid16,02416,024IndonesiaMaoke Range37 
8.Klyuchevskaya Sopka15,58415,253RussiaKamchatka Peninsula2 
9.Dena14,4658543IranSouth Central Zagros2 
10.Volcán Tajumulco13,84513,058GuatemalaGuatemala Ranges111 
11.Mauna Kea13,79613,796United StatesHawaii608 
12.Kinabalu13,43513,435MalaysiaBorneo147 
13.Yushan12,96312,963TaiwanTaiwan45 
14.Saramati12,5529465Myanmar/IndiaNagaland Hills1 
15.Kita-dake10,4727339JapanHonshu28 
16.Cerro Darwin84658465ChileTierra del Fuego0 
17.Fenghuang Shan84325781ChinaGreater Guizhou Ranges0 
18.Hulumasen75795633IndonesiaSumatra0 
19.Tabwémasana61656165VanuatuVanuatu0 
20.Volcán Wolf56005600EcuadorGalapagos Islands2 
21.Cerro Yglesias18861886Costa RicaGalapagos Islands0 

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List Description

This list attempts to define a truly "natural" extension of the Seven Summits - that is, a highpoint list dictated only by the tectonic and geologic processes that have affected each of Earth's 23 major and minor lithospheric plates while ignoring political boundaries. While the Seven Summits achieve this to some extent, they still are affected by arbitrary geopolitical boundaries (Asia vs. Europe) and dispute (Australia vs. Oceania). Microplates are here considered part of their parent major or minor plate and are hence not considered separately.

Plates are defined by the following list, where "major plates" are greater than 20 million square kilometers in area and "minor plates" are between 20 million and 1 million square kilometers in area: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tectonic_plates

Plate boundaries derived from:
Bird, P. (2003). An updated digital model of plate boundaries. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 4(3); converted into Google Earth format by Thomas Chust (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen).
Google Earth .kmz file available here: https://serc.carleton.edu/details/files/56368.html


African Plate: Mount Stanley
Amurian Plate: Kita-dake
Antarctic Plate: Vinson Massif
Arabian Plate: Dena
Australian Plate: Carstensz Pyramid
Burma Plate: Hulumasen
Caribbean Plate: Volcán Tajumulco
Caroline Plate: Highpoint of either Eauripik Atoll, Sorol Atoll, or Mapia Atoll (provisional peaks are not included on lists)
Cocos Plate: Cerro Yglesias
Eurasian Plate: Mount Everest
Indian Plate: Saramati
Juan de Fuca Plate: N/A (no exposed land)
Nazca Plate: Volcan Wolf
New Hebrides Plate: Tabwémasana
North American Plate: Denali
Okhotsk Plate: Klyuchevskaya Sopka
Pacific Plate: Mauna Kea
Philippine Plate: Yushan
Scotia Plate: Cerro Darwin
Somali Plate: Kilimanjaro
South American Plate: Aconcagua
Sunda Plate: Mount Kinabalu
Yangtze Plate: Fenghuang Shan

 


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