China will measure the height of Mt Everest for the sixth time to find out whether global warming has impacted the world’s highest peak. After 30 years of geological movement in this region, the current height of the mountain may have changed, the SBSM official said, adding that the improvement of surveying technologies would help the upcoming survey to achieve a more precise result.
China’s mountaineering team first surveyed the height of Mt Everest in 1975 and the State Council later confirmed the altitude of the peak as 8,848.13 metres above sea level. Since then, the bureau has organised four surveys, with the last in 1998, but the official height of the mountain remained the same, the official noted.
At the same time, large scale surveying and mapping work will be organised in the surrounding areas of Qomolangma to provide benchmark data when counting the height of peak as well as to conduct researches on the global science in this region, he noted.