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New heights for Mt. Everest

  Dec 19, 2020

New heights for Mt. Everest

Q. Why is this in news?

The Foreign Ministers of Nepal and China jointly certified the elevation of Mount Everest at 8,848.86 metres above sea level — 86 cm higher than what was recognised since 1954. The common declaration meant that the two countries have shed their long-standing difference in opinion about the mountain’s height — 29,017 feet (8,844 m) claimed by China and 29,028 ft (8,848 m) by Nepal. In feet, the new elevation is about 29,031 ft, or about 3 ft higher than Nepal’s previous claim.

Q. How and when was the earlier measurement of 8,848 m done?

Q. When was the new measurement done?

Q. How did China come to be part of it?

Q. What was the methodology used?

Q. Could there be any disagreement on the process or the outcome?