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EXPLAINED: WHY CHINA AND NEPAL ARE MEASURING THE HEIGHT OF MT EVEREST AGAIN

EXPLAINED: WHY CHINA AND NEPAL ARE MEASURING THE HEIGHT OF MT EVEREST AGAIN

Context

China and Nepal together decided to re-measure the elevation of the world’s highest mountain.

About Mountain Everest

  • It is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level.
  • It is located in the Himalayas between China and Nepal which act as the border between them running across its summit point.
  • Its current official elevation is 8,848m.
  • It is named after Sir George Everest, a colonial-era geographer who served as the Surveyor General of India in the mid-19th century.
  • It was first scaled in 1953 by the Indian-Nepalese Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hillary.

Why is the height being measured again?

  • Since 1956, Everest’s current official height– 8,848m– has been widely accepted.
  • It was measured by the Survey of India.
  • Since the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the height of the summit, is known to change because of tectonic activity.
  • Also there has been another debate that is  whether the height should be based on the highest rock point or the highest snow point.
  • Nepal and China disagreed over the height and it was resolved in 2010 when China accepted Nepal’s claim of the snow height being 8,848m, while the Nepali side recognised the Chinese claim of the rock height at 8,844.43m.

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