China, Nepal say Mt. Everest a bit higher than past measurements

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Posted at 7:27 AM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 09:27:39-05

KATHMANDU, Nepal — China and Nepal have jointly announced a new official height for Mount Everest, ending a discrepancy between the two nations.

The new height of the world's highest peak is 8,848 meters (29,032 feet), slightly more than Nepal's previous measurement and about four meters (13 feet) higher than China's.

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The new height was agreed on after the two countries sent surveyors from their respective sides of the mountain in 2019 and 2020.

There had been debate over the actual height and concern that Everest might have shrunk after a major earthquake in 2015.

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Nepal previously measured Everest’s height as 8,848 meters, while China put it at 8,844, because it did not include the snow cap.