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Oct 9 / Dave Schumaker

Surveying Mount Everest

A survey recently conducted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences suggests that the elevation of Mount Everest is slightly smaller than the officially accepted elevation of 29,035 feet. After accounting for ice on the summit of Everest, the Chinese researchers suggest that the actual height of the mountain is 29,029 feet.

The new height compares with China’s previous measurement of Mount Qomolangma, the Tibetan name of the mountain, of 8,848.13 meters (29,029 feet, three and a half inches) which was done in 1975. “This time the measurement of Qomolangma is lower than that of the 1975 measurement,” Chen said.


“Before we were unable to measure the height of the rock surface, this time we measured the thickness of the ice to get the actual height of the rock surface.”

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