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Mt. Everest's New Elevation

Dateline: 11/15/99

On May 5, climbers using GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment determined a new height for Mt. Everest - 29,035 feet above sea level, seven feet (2.1 meters) above the accepted height of 29,028 feet.

The announcement of the new height was made on Thursday, November 11 at the annual meeting of the American Alpine Club. The National Geographic Society, which co-sponsored the expedition with Boston's Museum of Science, stated that it will immediately accept the new elevation of 29,035 feet (8,850 meters), over the elevation determined in 1954 by the Survey of India. National Geographic will modify all of their future maps and globes.

However, some claim that the new elevation may be based on faulty sea-level data so the new elevation may not be accurate. The Nepalese tourism ministry (Mt. Everest lies on the border of Nepal and China) reported that they would not accept the higher elevation until proven by its scientists.

The expedition also revealed that Mt. Everest is moving northeast with the Indo-Australian Plate at approximately 2.4 inches (10 cm) a year.

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