The Nepalese government has decided to order a new measurement of Mount Everest to determine exactly how tall our planet’s highest point above sea level is.
Though the Nepalese have recognized the decades-old measurement of 29,028 feet (8,448 meters) since it was made, Western climbers and China have made new claims on the actual height of the mountain. Now the Nepalese government is setting out to settle the score, once and for all.
The work will take two years, according to Land Reforms Ministry spokesman Gopal Giri, who spoke on Wednesday following the annual budget speech. The measurement will require a device on the peak that will measure the height using satellite technology, Giri said, and stations will be set up in three locations using the global positioning system.
A 1999 American expedition claimed that, using GPS satellites, it determined the peak to be 29,035 feet (8,850 meters), while China has claimed that the peak is 29,008 feet (8,844 meters) high.