International News: Nepal & China Jointly Announce New Official Height Of Mount Everest

Nepal and China jointly announced the revised height of Mount Everest. The new official height of Mount Everest has been announced to be 8848.86metres.

Vaishnavi Navalkar

December 9, 2020

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On Tuesday, Nepal and China jointly announced that the revised height of the World’s Highest Peak Mount Everest is 8,848.86 metres. The height of Mount Everest is about 86 centimeters more than the previous measurement done by India in 1954. The Government of Nepal decided to measure the exact height of the mountain amid debates that there might have been a change in the height of the mountain due to various reasons, including the devastating earthquake in 2015.

Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali announced in Kathmandu that Nepal recalculated the height of Mount Everest. The previous measurement done by Survey of India reported the height of Mount Everest was 8,848 metres. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported that Chinese surveyors conducted six rounds of scaled measurement and scientific research on Mount Everest and released the height of the peak twice in 1975 and 2005, which were 8,848.13 metres and 8,844.43 metres respectively. In the Tibetan language, Mount Everest is known as Mount Qomolangma and is known as Sagarmatha in Nepal. Chinese President Xi Jinping said the mount Everest was “an important symbol of China-Nepal friendship.”

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Mr Xi Jinping said that survey teams from both countries had spent more than a year on the project and had “overcome all kinds of difficulties, solidly carried out their work, and finally reached a conclusion on the snow-covered height based on the International Height Reference System”.

Back in 1961, China and Nepal settled their border dispute with the boundary line passing through the summit of Mount Everest. The Mount Everest is located between the edges of the Indian plate and the Eurasian plate where crustal movement is active. An Atmospheric physicist Goa Dengyi,  from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told the Chines state media earlier that accurately measuring the height of Mount Qomolangma is helpful for the study of the elevation changes of the Himalayas and Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

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