1. Size Matters

    Nepal to Remeasure Mount Everest

    Wispy clouds form near the peaks surrounding Mount Everest, seen from Everest Base camp, Nepal, Saturday May 24, 2003. High winds predicted for the next couple of days may thwart summit attempts for mountaineers attempting to climb the world's highest peak, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's climb to the summit on May 29, 1953. The section of peak visible in the center is Lhotse, while the ridge on the right is Nuptse. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

    Gurinder Osan / AP Photos

    Nepal is going to remeasure the height of Mount Everest, which is situated along the border of China and Nepal. The mountain measured at 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) in 1955. China says that the mountain should be measured by its rock height, whereas Nepal says it should be measured by its snow height, which makes it four meters higher. A government spokesman for Nepal explained: “We have begun the measurement to clear this confusion. Now we have the technology and the resources—we can measure ourselves.” In any case, the mountain is growing over time because of the earth’s shifting plates.

    Read it at BBC News