Mount Everest, world’s tallest peak, grows taller

Mount Everest, world's tallest peak, grows taller

Yes, you read that right. Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world, has grown taller by 86 cm. The peak was pegged at 8848 m previously, and now measures 8848.86 m. The announcement has been made by Nepal and China, after the mountain was re-measured. It now stands 86 cm higher than the previous official figures by Nepal and four metres above China‘s official figure.

The new figures have been released after six decades when India conducted a survey to measure the peak. It was in 1954 that the Survey of India undertook the task and conducted the measurement. The new figure has been announced by officials from governments from both the countries, also stating that the peak is a symbol of eternal friendship between the two nations.

The declaration also ends the tussle between Nepal and China on the issue. The ambiguity goes back in history, when a survey was conducted by British surveyors from India.

Mount Everest stays as the world’s tallest peak, followed by K2 (India), Kanchenjunga (India and Nepal), Lhotse (Nepal-China), Makalu (Nepal-China). Other prominent peaks in the list are Dhualagiri, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna and more. The decision to re-measure the peak was taken by the government of Nepal, as prominent geologists were of the view that there might be a change in the height of the peak after 2015’s devastating earthquake in Nepal.

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