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Mount Everest - The Highest Mountain on Earth

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In March 1856, Mount Everest was officially declared the highest mountain on earth.  Before then, what was the highest mountain? (Read on for the answer.)

According to Wikipedia, Mount Everest, then known as "Peak XV", "was calculated to be exactly 29,000 ft (8,839.2 m) high, but was publicly declared to be 29,002 ft (8,839.8 m).  The arbitrary addition of 2 ft (61 cm) was to avoid the impression that an exact height of 29,000 feet (8,839.2 m) was nothing more than a rounded estimate."

(This is what scientists do.)

Before then, the highest mountain on earth was...

(drum roll)

answer


User Comments:
Jonas - Jan 17, 2011 06:28:47 — I've since learned that the true height of Mount Everest is in dispute.  Some set the height at 29,028 feet.  According to World Book Encyclopedia, "...a widely used unofficial figure is 29,141 feet (8,882 meters)."

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