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Nepal to issue new measurement of Mount Everest to end debate

By Andrew Moran     Jul 20, 2011 in World
Kathmandu - For decades, the Nepalese government has continued to state that Mount Everest stands at 29,028 feet (8,448 meters), but Chinese officials and Western climbers say they have a slightly different measurement.
One of the very first things a student is taught in elementary geography class is that Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world and stands at a little more than 29,000 feet (8,000 meters). But is it correct?
Some, including climbers who come from the West and Chinese officials, say they have slightly different measurements. China, who has disagreed with its neighbouring country Nepal, says the government should measure Mount Everest by its rock height instead of its snow height.
In 1999, an American expedition, which used satellite technology, concluded that Mount Everest is 29,035 (8,850 meters) instead of the widely used 29,028 feet (8,448 meters). China has said the peak is measured at 29,008 feet (8,844 meters).
In order to end the debate, the Nepal government will order plans to measure the mountain’s height, according to the Associated Press. The measuring task will take approximately two years and will prompt experts to place a device on the peak. Three separate stations will be established using the global positioning system.
“We have begun the measurement to clear this confusion. Now we have the technology and the resources, we can measure ourselves,” said Gopal Giri, a Nepal government spokesperson, in an interview with Agence-France Presse. “This will be the first time the Nepal government has taken the mountain's height.”
Upon a definitive measurement, China and Nepal will continue to disagree about something related to the mountain. Nepal calls the mountain Mount Sagarmatha (head of the world), but China refers to it as Mount Qomolangma.
A New Zealander climber and a Sherpa became the first people to conquer the mountain back in 1953. Since then, thousands and thousands of people have attempted to climb Mount Everest.
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