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Did Nepal earthquake shrink Mount Everest ?

January 25, 2017 | Comment icon 8 comments



Is Everest really smaller than it used to be ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 shrimpo1967
Scientists are set to launch a new expedition to find out if the world's tallest mountain has shrunk.
There remain few peaks on Earth that can match the breathtaking spectacle and challenging conditions of Everest - a mountain with an official recorded height of 29,029ft.

Following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal back in 2015 however, satellite readings have suggested that Everest may actually be up to an inch shorter than it used to be.

Now in a renewed effort to determine whether this is actually the case, two teams will be setting out to take new measurements. One of the teams will climb to the summit and spend two hours there to take GPS readings while the second will calculate the height using traditional triangulation methods.
Climbing to the top of the mountain however, which has claimed many lives over the years, is a challenge only the fittest of climbers can ever hope to achieve.

According to India's surveyor general, Swarna Subba Rao, the ascent will be undertaken by three or four agency officers "who are physically fit, able-bodied and qualified to go."

The expedition, which will cost around $700,000, is being conducted jointly with the government of Nepal and will begin as soon as the climbers are ready and the conditions are right.

"We're preparing our people, acclimatising them, training them in mountaineering," said Rao.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by SD455GTO 6 years ago
Seems like a lot of money, effort and danger for one inch of difference. I'm pretty sure the world will carry on, one way or the other. Oh well.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Parsec 6 years ago
Wow, it shrunk one inch?  Pffft, now getting to the top will be as easy as pie.  They don't make mountains as they used to. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Parsec 6 years ago
By the way, should we inform the Magratheans about that?
Comment icon #4 Posted by brlesq1 6 years ago
One whole inch. Even if it did shrink, does one inch really make a difference? Or is this just something to do?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Torviking 6 years ago
Keeps the research grant coming in and they all get a freebie adventure holiday, seems a good way to spend taxpayers money to me.
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
I thought this was already proved.  Maybe it was only a theory that need to waste money to prove. In the whole scheme of things, does it really matter?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Farmer77 6 years ago
Well hell yes it does, the ultra rich dont want to climb a mountain that has shrunk in status! 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Essan 6 years ago
The height of Everest depends on how many climbers have stood on the summit today and how much snow they kicked off or made into snowballs ..... We measure hills to the nearest foot or metre.   Except in Britain.   But thats a whole different story :D https://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2016/09/06/britain-gains-a-new-mountain-as-new-model-pushes-calf-top-over-the-mark-–-by-2mm


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