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Measuring Mountains

Posted on 2011-08-03

You’ve all heard of the famous Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. But do you exactly how tall it is? Well, if you are very interested in improving your general knowledge youshould know that it’s 29, 000feet. Or is it? Don’t feel bad if you don’t know the exact number because no one does! Nepal claims that it is 29,028 feet. But China claims that it is 29,015 feet. And others claim that Everest is even higher than what Nepal thinks!

Now you probably don’t care about the exact height. But scientists are very keen on finding out. And they’re willing to do whatever it takes. They’ve chosen three points on the mountain, and get this…they’re going to use satellites from space to measure the mountain from these points! Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first climbers to climb the entire mountain in 1856. Many scientists have tried to measure Everest since then, but they have never agreed with each other. So now this highly advanced technology will hopefully clear everyone’s doubts. And the whole measurement is going to take a whooping two whole years!

But however huge Everest might be it remains a huge thrill to climb! Mountaineers from all over the world will always love to climb to the summit of this awesome creation of nature. And
if your dream is to Everest, you don’t need to be grown-up. 13-year-old Jordan Romero is the youngest person to climb Everest!
 
So let the satellites show what they like, Everest is still as cool as ever!

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