Nepal and China agree on Mount Everest's height

They agreed that the world's highest mountain - which traverses the border of the two countries - should be recognised as being 8,848m tall. ... But geologists say that the estimates of both countries over the height of Mount Everest could be wrong. They say that the mountain is becoming higher as India is gradually pushed beneath China and Nepal because of shifting continental plates. In May 1999 an American team used GPS technology to record a height of 8,850m - a figure that is now used by the US National Geographic Society - although it has not been officially accepted by Nepal.

2010-04-08

 geology Mount Everest China Nepal GPS growth

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