34. Where in the world can you stand on the earth’s surface, release a bowling ball, and watch it free fall for 16 seconds before it hits the ground?
Answer to Canada Quiz #34
The summit of Mount Thor (Thor Peak).
Mount Thor on Baffin Island, Nunavut features planet earth’s greatest vertical drop at 1250 m (4101 ft). This is the equivalent of 3 Empire State Buildings.
The physics equation for a falling body yields 15.96 seconds for a body to fall 1250 m in a vacuum; slightly more factoring in air resistance.
The world record for the longest single-rope rappel was set on Mount Thor in 2006.