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Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
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Adjusting to Everest's new height

by Borgna Brunner
Everest from Dudu Kosi

Future generations will remember Everest's new height: two extra meters have rounded out the number. (Source/Nelson Chenkin)

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If the number 29,028 is seared into your mind along with 1066, 1492, and other seemingly immutable figures, get ready for a big change in the holy canon of statistics. That number, of course, was the elevation—in feet—of the world's highest mountain.

As of Nov. 11, 1999, the new official height of Mt. Everest was announced as 29,035 feet.

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