Doubt Over Everest’s True Height Spurs Fresh Expedition

If I were to ask you what the worlds tallest mountain peak was what would you guess? ” What is Mt. Everest for 500″ (Jeopardy adage ). Well you’d be correct with that statement. But what if I told you that the exact height of this mammoth mount was in ques ion following the mega quake that recently took place in Nepal ?India’s top surveyor Nepal scientist  to measure Everest’s  true height . This team of scientists would be sent to neighboring Nepal to measure Everest in the hope of putting to rest a debate about the true height of the towering mountain.A deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in 2015, killing thousands and altering the landscape across the Himalayan nation.

Satellite data at the time suggested the impact of the quake reduced Everest’s peak—which officially stands at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level—by anywhere between a few millimeters and an inch.But lingering doubt among the has prompted a fresh expedition to size up the peak, said India’s surveyor general Swarna Subba Rao.”We will remeasure it,” Rao was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency, adding the team would set off in two months.”Two years have passed since the major Nepal earthquake and there’s doubt in the scientific community that it did in fact shrink.”

The exercise will require a month for observation and roughly another fortnight for the data to be officially declared.Another official told AFP that a five-member team would depart for the expedition at winter’s end, and would take measurements using instruments on the ground to gauge the peak’s real height. The , Nepal’s deadliest disaster in more than 80 years, is also believed to have shifted the earth beneath the capital Kathmandu several meters to the south. With the scientific expedition set to take  place at the very top of the world, perhaps one day they  

 

SOURCE…m.phys.org

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