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China and Nepal Agree to Disagree on Height of Mount Everest

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Mt. Everest from Space. Photo Credit: NASA

China and Nepal Agree to Disagree on Height of Mount Everest

I came across an interesting article at the end of last week about how China and Nepal agreed to disagree on the exact height of Mount Everest. The Nepalese and Chinese governments negotiated last week to solve the 150 year old question, but in the end could not come to a unified conclusion regarding the height of the world's highest peak.  The crux of the disagreement, apparently, is an age old problem to professional land surveyors, cartographers and governments alike - Where is here? Or more seriously, what defines the top of a mountain?

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