Mount Everest grows by nearly a metre to new height

Mt Everest grows by nearly a metre to new height
Some geologists believe the 2015 earthquake may have changed Everest's height. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Nepal and China have jointly announced that the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest is 0.86m higher than had been previously officially calculated.

The new height is 29,032 ft(8,848.86m). Until now the two countries differed over whether to add the snow cap on top.

The previous official measurement of China is 8,844.43m which had put the mountain four metres lower than Nepal’s.

Mount Everest stands on the border between Nepal and China and mountaineers climb it from both sides.

Nepal’s foreign ministry officials and department of survey said surveyors from both countries had co-ordinated to agree on the new height.

The agreement to jointly announce the new measurement of the Mount Everest’s highest point was made during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu last year.

Why the difference over official height?

Previously, Chinese officials had said the earth’s highest point should be measured to Everest’s rock height, while Nepalese authorities argued the snow on top of the summit should be included.

The Chinese surveyors had calculated their measurements after they measured the mountain in 2005.

In 2012, Nepal’s government told the BBC that they were under pressure from China to accept the Chinese height and therefore they had decided to go for a fresh measurement to “set the record straight once and for all”.

The 8,848m height Nepal had been using for Mt Everest was determined by the Survey of India in 1954, but for the first time Nepal has now conducted its own measurement of the summit.

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