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Tue Dec 8, 2020, 04:10 PM

Mount Everest is higher than we thought, say Nepal and China

Source: Reuters

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Mount Everest is higher than we thought, say Nepal and China

By Gopal Sharma
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KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Mount Everest is higher than previously thought, Nepal and China said on Tuesday, settling a long-running conflict over the height of the world’s tallest peak that straddles their shared border.

Kathmandu and Beijing had differed over its exact height but after each sent an expedition of surveyors to the summit they have agreed that the official height is 8,848.86 metres (29,031.69 feet), a bit more than their previous calculations.

Everest is an “eternal symbol of ... friendship between Nepal and China,” said Nepali Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, announcing the findings of their surveys on a video call with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Nepal had never previously measured the height of Mount Everest on its own but had used the 8,848 metres (29,028 feet) estimate made by the Survey of India in 1954 that includes snow.

A Chinese measurement in 2005 determined that the rock height of the summit was 8,844.43 metres (29,017 feet), about 3.7 metres (11 feet) less than the 1954 estimate.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/nepal-china-everest/mount-everest-is-higher-than-we-thought-say-nepal-and-china-idUSKBN28I17U

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Dec 8, 2020, 04:24 PM

1. Because of plate tectonics

It could be just getting taller due to geological processes.

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Response to TheRealNorth (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 8, 2020, 05:36 PM

3. Last I heard it was growing at least an inch per year...

India is still moving north.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Dec 8, 2020, 05:04 PM

2. lol

so we have known about this mountain for hundereds of years and just now we are discovering how tall it is? Lmao humanity is stupid

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Response to Authentically Adrian (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 8, 2020, 08:29 PM

4. Stupid humans built the Theodolite to measure mountain heights...

and the Theodolite used old school vernier scales, the same scales used in slide rules that got us to the moon. Right now, they are pissing about how many zeros they want in the percent of accuracy.



Back in my day, the story was that Mount Everest was EXACTLY 28,000 feet, so they added 28 feet to the official height to make it more believable.

What percent is 28 of 28,000 feet?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Dec 9, 2020, 06:59 PM

5. It could be trash building up from the restaurants up there.

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