Mt Everest is Nearly a Metre Taller

Mt Everest is Nearly a Metre Taller
In front of the world's highest mountain , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The highest point on Earth just got higher, according to parallel surveys conducted by Nepal and China

OT Staff
December 08 , 2020
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While you were locked down and in the middle of a pandemic, the world's highest mountain Mount Everest added 0.86m to its height. 

Nepal and China have jointly announced that the new height of Everest, which is on the border between the two countries, is 8,848.86m (29,032 ft). 

China had earlier put the height at 8,844.43m, four metres lower than Nepal's estimate. Now it seems that surveyors from both countries have agreed on the new height.

Read: What It Takes To Conquer Mount Everest

There have been several discussions about what the reason for the change could be, including the devastating earthquake of 2015. Scientists say that the height of the tallest mountain could be increasing due to plate tectonics.

According a 1954 measurement by Survey of India, the height of Everest is 8,848 metres.

However, the new height measurement is still to be analysed by scientists and mapmakers around the world.

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