It may take two to three months for scientists to calculate and release exact height of Mount Everest: China
May 27, 2020 09:59 PM NPT
Members of a Chinese surveying team reach the summit of Mouth Everest on May 27, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Xinhua/Tashi Tsering)
KATHMANDU, May 27: It may take two to three months for scientists to calculate and release the exact height of Mount Everest, China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency said on Wednesday referring to the Ministry of Natural Resources of China.
An eight-member Chinese survey team reached the summit of the mountain on Wednesday morning, erecting a survey marker and installing a GNSS antenna on the snow-covered peak, the report said. This marked the completion of the measurement field work, it said.
Earlier, the Chinese government had informed to the Nepali side that they are going to re-measure the height of Sagarmatha, which is called Mount Qomolangma in Chinese.
With the measurement data, scientists will use multiple traditional and modern measurement techniques to perform comprehensive calculations. After data analysis and processing, they will further carry out theoretical studies and repeated verifications to determine the accurate height, Xinhua said quoting the ministry sources.
"Complex calculations are needed to eliminate errors caused by factors such as temperature, air pressure and the refractive environment. At the summit, the team members conducted a GNSS survey, snow depth measurement and gravity survey. The GNSS survey was assisted by China's home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. The high-altitude gravity survey set a new world record as the highest of its kind," said the report.