Humboldt and Bonpland at the foot of the Chimborazo ?

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  • The volcano ? Chimborazo, its summit being the point on the Earth’s surface that is farthest from the Earth’s center and closest to the sun.
  • The scientists ? Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland.
  • The year ? 1802, in the middle of their 5-year American expedition.
  • The country ? Ecuador, in the Cordillera Occidental range of the Andes.