Mount Everest is now officially about 30 feet high

Mount Everest is now officially about 30 feet high

The highest point on Earth rose slightly on Tuesday – with the new approval scale for Mount Everest, the summit was almost 30 feet higher than it was first calculated 164 years ago.

The height of the mountain has been the subject of heated debate since 1856 when a British team calculated it to be 29,002 feet.

But China and Nepal, the mountainous border countries, later agreed to a new measurement Individual calculations – It officially announced on Tuesday that it was 29,031.7 feet high.

This is 13 feet higher than China’s last estimate 15 years ago – there is a contradiction in the fact that China alone determined the rock height of the summit and did not add snow and ice to the peak.

This is 2.8 feet higher than Nepal’s last estimate, which used the 1954 Indian Survey estimate, which includes snow.

“This is a milestone in the history of mountaineering, which will finally end the debate on heights and will now be number one for the world,” said Santa Bir Lama, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

But by any measure, Everest is always the highest peak in the world, second only to Mount K2 at 28,244 feet.

The new measure came after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Nepal last year and decided they had to agree on heights.

That year Nepal had already installed GPS and satellite equipment, and then a survey team from China conducted measurements in the spring of 2020 Trips were canceled Due to corona virus infection.

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The agreed height was announced on Tuesday by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Nepalese envoy Pradeep Qiaoli as they simultaneously pressed buttons to reveal new heights on one screen.

With post wires

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