Updated on: Thursday, December 10, 2020, 03:46 PM IST

Nepal and China declare Mt Everest's new height; world's tallest peak is now 86 centimetres taller

According to the measurement done in 1954 by Survey of India, the height of Mount Everest was 8,848 metres.
Mount Everest | File Photo

Mount Everest | File Photo


It's official. The height of world's tallest peak is slightly higher than it was measured earlier.

Nepal and China on Tuesday jointly announced that the revised height of the world's highest peak Mount Everest was 8,848.86 metres, about 86 centimetres more than the previous measurement done by India in 1954.

The Nepal government decided to measure the exact height of the mountain amid debates that there might have been a change in it due to various reasons, including the devastating earthquake of 2015.

Nepal's Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Land Management Minister Padma Kumari Aryal, Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi and other officials made the announcement during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.

Nepal recalculates the height of Mount Everest at 8848.86 metres, the country's Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali announced in Kathmandu.
The new height is 86 cms more than the previous measurement.

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Nepal had started re-measuring the height of Everest from 2017 and completed it last year. Later, during the visit of Chinese President to Nepal last year, Nepal and China had agreed to remeasure the height of Everest.

According to the measurement done in 1954 by Survey of India, the height of Mount Everest was 8,848 metres.

According to China's past measurement, the height of Mount Everest is 8844.43 metres which were four metres less than Nepal's calculations.

Earlier, the media reports said Chinese surveyors have 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 was 8,848.13 metres and 8,844.43 metres respectively.

In Tibetan language, Mount Everest is known as Mount Qomolangma.
China and Nepal settled their border dispute in 1961 with the boundary line passing through the summit of Mount Everest.

Mount Everest is located in the collision and compression zone between the edges of the Indian plate and the Eurasian plate, where crustal movement is very active.

"Accurately measuring the height of Mount Qomolangma is helpful to the study of the elevation changes of the Himalayas and Qinghai-Tibet Plateau," Gao Dengyi, an atmospheric physicist with the Chinese Academy of Sciences told the Chinese state media earlier.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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Published on: Tuesday, December 08, 2020, 05:38 PM IST