Size Matters

Nepal to Remeasure Mount Everest

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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.