Mount Everest officially increases in height

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Mount Everest has increased in height with both China and Nepal agreeing on new, taller height. Mount Everest sits on the border between the two countries.

Both China and Nepal sent an expedition of surveyors to the summit and settled on the official height of 8,848.86 metres (29,032ft). This is a bit more than their previous calculations.

They used GPS and also trigonometry to make the final calculations.

The new measurement will have little impact as K2, the world’s second highest mountain, is 237 metres lower.

Mount Everest is named after the colonial-era British surveyor George Everest, who never actually saw it.

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