Measuring Mount Everest Due to Start
Mount Everest is famous as the tallest mountain in the world, but just how tall is it?
Officially the peak stands at 29,029ft above sea level, though that measurement dates from the 1950s and teams from around the globe have attempted to have it moved up and down ever since.
But now, for the first time, a team of Nepalese researchers are preparing to make their own calculation in an attempt to put the debate to rest once and for all.
Nepal has been largely excluded from all previous attempts to measure Everest, and has recently turned down another offer from India in favour of doing it themselves.
A team will spend the next month measuring objects in the land-locked country’s southern plains in order to calculate sea level.
Once that task is complete, they will scale the mountain and place a GPS receiver on the summit for an hour.
Using data from satellites and gravitational measurements from the base, the team will be able to calculate the height of the mountain.
The measurement will also be the first taken since the earthquake of 2015, which scientists believe will have lowered its height.
The estimated cost of the expedition will be $250,000.
Source: Daily Mail