Why the Height of Mount Everest May Change Soon

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      Mount Everest’s recognized elevation has been 29,029 feet above sea level since an Indian survey team measured it in 1955. But if you look hard enough, there’s a faint asterisk next to that number. For years, Nepal and China have sparred over the height of the mountain straddling their shared border, specifically whether or not the official number should account for the snow atop it.

      In 2005, a Chinese team determined the peak’s elevation to be 29,017 feet at the height of its rock base, holding that up as the most accurate measurement. Nepal disagreed, maintaining its position that the snowcap covering the peak should be accounted for in the final number. But many believe the amount of snow and ice on top of the mountain has shrunk after the massive 2015 earthquake that rocked the Himalayas.

      This year’s expedition to measure the peak jointly was the culmination of an agreement struck last fall when Chinese president Xi Jinping visited Nepal.

      The new measurement was taken using China’s BeiDou satellite-navigation system. The surveyors also collected data on snow depth, weather, and wind speed, which will be used to monitor the deterioration of glaciers and other ecological impacts of climate change. The team spent nearly three hours on the summit, setting up the satellite beacon and other equipment before starting the trek back to Base Camp. Next, researchers will spend up to three months analyzing the data before releasing their reading on the mountain’s height.

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      Perhaps they need to revise their terminology as well.

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
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