Nepal to measure Everest

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Nepal has announced that it will measure Mount Everest to settle a controversy over the height of the world’s tallest peak day.

Nepal is home to Mount Everest and half of the world’s 14 highest mountains, but they have never measured the peak. It uses the height of 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) that was measured by the Survey of India in 1954.

Some people believe that the mountain became a little shorter in the wake of an earthquake two years ago.

Many Western climbers use the height of 8,850 meters (29,035 feet) determined in 1999 by the National Geographic Society.

Everest straddles the border between Nepal and China, and in 2005 Chinese mountaineers and researchers put its height at 8,844.43 meters (29,017 feet).

During the summer mountaineering season this year, some climbers said the Hillary Step – a near vertical rock formation below the summit – had collapsed, though the Nepal government has rebutted those claims.

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