From the Esri Story Maps team comes Peaks and Valleys: A 3-D tour of our planet's highest and lowest spots. As its title suggests, visitors to this resource will be treated to a highly visual virtual tour of some of the most iconic landmarks around the globe, along with a few with which readers may not be familiar. The tour begins in Asia's Himalaya Mountains with the world's five tallest peaks, which include the famous Mount Everest, well known as the world's tallest mountain, as well as the fifth-highest peak Makalu, which is only 1,191 feet shy of Everest's height. Interestingly, the deepest gorge in the world, Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon, is also located in the Himalayas and thus is the next stop. The tour visits many other locations throughout the world, including (among others) Chimborazo and Badwater Basin in the Americas, Kilimanjaro and Lake Assal in Africa, and Vinson Massif in Antarctica. Each stop includes a brief description, the location's elevation in both feet and meters, a photograph, and 3-D imagery (which may require a little patience to load). For armchair travelers, this whirlwind tour of Earth's superlatives is worth a visit.
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