Is Everest Taller Than We Believe?


Everest in 2016. Photo credit: Mário Simoes.
Everest in 2016 photo credit: Mário Simoes

Immediately after two years of surveying efforts, Nepal — and China — will announce the new official height of the world’s tallest mountain.

Mount Everest is 29,029 feet (eight,848 m) tall — that has a good ring to it. But what if it is even taller? The mountain, which sits in the Himalayas in Nepal bordering Tibet, has shifted more than the previous decade. For years, Nepali officials at the Land Reform Ministry and Survey Division have been functioning to locate out for certain how tall the mountain stands.

Is it doable the mountain has shifted? Of course. Mt. Everest lies on the Indian tectonic plate, which shifts a couple of millimeters just about every year. The path in which the plate shifts, having said that, is dynamic and varies every single year.

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The division performed 4 distinct strategies of geological surveys, reported the Kathmandu Post: precise leveling, trigonometric leveling, gravity survey, and GNSS survey.

Throughout Chinese President Xi Jinping’s current trip to Nepal, each nations signed an agreement that they would announce the new height collectively. “Mount Sagarmatha/Zhumulangma is an eternal symbol of the friendship involving Nepal and China,” read the joint statement.

What’s the Official Height Now?

The accurate height nowadays recognized by Nepal is eight,848 m, but that measurement was taken in 1954. In 1975, China measured the mountain as eight,848.13 m. Then in 1999, an American mountaineer from the Boston Museum of Science applied GPS to declare Mt. Everest a new height of eight,850 m.

In 2005, China remeasured and declared a height of eight,844.43 m. Because then, the nation of Nepal has been on a mission to measure the existing height of the peak on their personal.

Mt. Everest/Sagarmatha’s official new height will be announced later this week.


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