China and Nepal have jointly announced a new official height for Mount Everest, ending a discrepancy between the two countries.
The ABC reports the new height of the world's highest peak is 8,848.86m, which is slightly more than Nepal's previous measurement and about four metres higher than China's.
The height of Everest, which is on the border between China and Nepal, was agreed on after surveyors from Nepal scaled the peak in 2019 and a Chinese team did the same in 2020.
Everest's height was first determined by a British team in around 1856 as 8,842m.
But the most accepted height has been 8,848m, which was determined by the Survey of India in 1954.
In 1999, a National Geographic Society team using GPS technology came up with a height of 8,850m.
A Chinese team in 2005 said it was 8,844.43 metres, not including the snow cap.
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