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9 mountains you may never see in person

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 19, 2011, 10:06 a.m.
Mountain above Kandersteg, Switzerland

Photo: Robert J Heath/Flickr [CC by 2.0]

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Virtual hiking

Google Earth is an invaluable tool for learning more about this fantastic world of ours. It can transport users to places that most could only experience in 2-D up until five short years ago.

Using Google Earth, we can stand in the middle of Pompei and look up at Mount Vesuvius or see Mount Everest from basecamp. We can spin around and zoom in and out. The world is at our command.

Most of the mountains on this list are well-known — everyone has heard of Everest, Mount Fuji and Mount St. Helens — but few of us have any idea what it's like to experience these mountains in person. Using a computer isn't the same as putting your boots on the ground, but it's as close as you can get through the comfort of your computer screen. Enjoy these nine amazing mountains — with or without the use of Google Earth. You can download Google Earth here. (Text: Shea Gunther)