Adjusting to Everest's new height
by Borgna Brunner
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 elevationâ€”in feetâ€”of the world's highest mountain.
As of Nov. 11, 1999, the new official height of Mt. Everest was announced as 29,035 feet.