Nepal and China to jointly announce the actual height of Everest, the highest peak in the world about whose measurements there are still controversies. “This will be a commonly accepted height around the world,” anticipated the authors of the new research.
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This is the first time that the two countries, Nepal and China, agree on the height of Everest, and hope so end the controversy surrounding the mount since it was first measured in 1849 by British geologists.
Until now, Kathmandu, owner of the southern slope of Everest, set the height at 8,848 meters, respecting a measurement carried out by India in 1955 that is internationally recognized.
The Director General of the Department of Nepalese Studies, Prakash Joshi, confirmed that all preparations for the announcement were completed “To end the questions of what exactly is the height of the highest mountain in the world,” he said.
The data will be revealed during a joint conference and virtually, although Joshi specified that the event will also be televised live on Nepalese television networks.
In the first measurements, when it was not yet known that Everest – the surname of the British geographer who led that investigation – was The highest mountain in the world, trigonometric calculations were used.
In 2005, the Chinese Bureau of Topography and Cartography recalculated the peak using GPS and radar equipment and established its height at 8,844.43 meters, dismissing the more than three meters of snow that covers the top.
Over the years, Nepal had announced its intention to measure the peak in 2011, although the project did not start until 2017. “There have been several surveys conducted in the last decades by different countries, but Nepal has never measured its own peak,” Joshi explained at a news conference.