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Test Your Knowledge: Boiling Point of Water Above Sea Level


Test Your Knowledge: Boiling Point of Water Above Sea Level

What is the boiling point of water at 2000 feet above sea level?

  1. 218º - The higher the elevation the more heat it takes (3º for every 1000')
  2. 214ºF - It takes a little more heat (1º for every 1000')
  3. 212ºF - The boiling point is the same no matter what the elevation is
  4. 208ºF - It takes less heat the higher you go (-2º for every 1000')
  5. 182ºF - Elevation plays a big difference in boiling point (-15º for every 1000')

And the answer is...

208ºF – The boiling point of water decreases 1º Fahrenheit per 500’ above sea level, therefore at 2000' the boiling point would be 208ºF. However, if you live in Denver the boiling point drops to 202ºF. In La Rinconada, Peru, the highest permanent settlement in the world, you can boil water at 183ºF. Or if have the mad desire to boil some eggs at the top of Mount Everest you can get it done as soon as the water hits 162ºF.


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