Just came across this – an illo from one of our old books – which roughly illustrates the size difference between the highest mountain on Earth, Everest, and the highest mountain in our solar system, Olympus Mons, on Mars.
That canyon below sea level is Challenger Deep, part of the Marianas Trench, in the Pacific ocean. Again, deeper than Everest is tall.
Scale is something I struggle with, I confess. Big stuff is all just, well… big, you know? But, like, jeepers. That is BIG.
Here’s another, this time comparing the height of various waterfalls with the Empire State Building.
I mean, fuck me, imagine standing on the street in the centre of your nearest city, looking up at the office block skyscrapers… and then imagine the biggest one turning into a waterfall.
Imagine the noise!
I love this kind of illustration. I like when pictures make sense of the world for me.
[Waterfalls L-R: Venezuela’s Angel Falls; Tugela Falls, South Africa; Yosemite, USA; Espelandsfoss, Norway]