Mount Everest

The movement of tectonic plates can lift it up ever so gradually, while earthquakes can bring it down.   The world’s tallest mountain added a few centimetres to its official height on Tuesday. Mount Everest added 0.86 metre to its height. It is now 8,848.86 metres in height.    Were you aware that Mount Everest keeps changing its height ?
Die aarde se tektoniese plate beweeg gedurig en dis ook een van die redes hoekom hierdie berg se hoogte beweeg en verskil.     En dis waarskynlik ook nie die enigste berg wat al hoër word of soms verkrummel en afbreek.

Why Mount Everest changes its height


Mount Everest’s changing height says that the highest mountain in the world rose from a tectonic collision that continues to influence its height today. Mount Everest, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas, was formed from a tectonic smashup between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates tens of millions of years ago. The collision crumpled the mountains, raising mountains along some 1,500 miles. The collision continues to this day, which is, in part, why Everest’s altitude is always changing.

Nepal and China jointly announced the new height of Mount Everest as 8,848.86 meters in a high-profile virtual ceremony. The Presidents of both countries exchanged letters with their foreign ministers in attendance, aimed at demonstrating the deepening ties between China and Nepal.

The snow laden mountain sits on an expanse of mottled gray rocks that once lay on the ocean floor.

Mount Everest isn’t the first peak to see its height revised but it’s probably the first to get taller rather than shrink.


Every spring, Mount Everest draws in people from around the world to conquer its peak. Despite the riches surrounding the highest point on Earth, the Sherpa people who live in its shadow remain poor with few educational opportunities. One man hoping to change this reality is Apa Sherpa, a child of the Khumbu and world-record holder for summiting Everest. Like many before him, Apa Sherpa was pulled from home at the age of 12 to work on the mountain as a high-altitude porter. Now, the Apa Sherpa Foundation is working to create a different future for the children of Nepal. As Apa says, “without education we have no choice.”


You probably know that Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain. But how tall is it, exactly? Believe it or not, that’s something that’s been debated for a while. So China’s government has decided to send out an expedition to find out for sure. Olivia looks out what’s going on and finds out how you measure the height of mountains.


The world’s highest mountain is now officially a little higher. After years of debate, China and Nepal finally agreed on a precise elevation for Mount Everest. The new agreed height of 8,848.86 meters (29,031.69 feet) was announced at a virtual ceremony. This is 86 centimeters higher than the measurement previously recognised by Nepal. It is more than four meters above China’s official figure.

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