It might seem to be an exaggeration but it is true when the height of Mount Everest was calculated for the very first time, a number of feet have been added to the actual height since the team figured nobody could believe that it was just 29,000 ft.
Since 1715, various efforts have been made to compute the exact height of the highest peak of the mighty Himalayas. While some attempts failed because of the inability to get access to the mountain, others failed since the calculations didn’t take into account external factors like light refraction. It had been only in 1852 an Indian mathematician, Radhanath Sikdar, recognized Everest as the world’s Highest peak.
Sikdar utilized Trigonometric calculations based on James Nicolson’s dimensions, a prior surveyor. His calculations were verified by Andrew Waugh, British General inspector of India. It took his team and Waugh 2 years to validate the calculations taking into consideration light refraction, barometric pressure, and temperature change.
The official findings have been released now in 1856. As per the calculations, Kanchenjunga was announced to be 8, 582 m (28,156 ft). Mount Everest, formerly known as Peak XV, was given the height of 8, 840 m (29,002 ft). In reality, the actual height of Mount Everest was calculated to be just 29,000 feet.
However, while releasing the information to the public, two feet was added to 29,000 feet to make it look more realistic. Occasionally, Waugh is ludicrously credited as being the very first person to place two feet on top of Mount Everest.
Currently, Everest is thought to be 8,848 meters above sea level. But teams from around the globe, including China, Denmark, Italy, India, and the USA, have come up with some other calculations, that are sometimes a little bit higher, or even a bit lower, compared to that figure.
In 1999 the American team encouraged by the US National Geographic Society used the GPS navigation technology to compute Everest’s height as 8,850 meters. The figure was made by Nepal for not utilizing government approved measurement procedure.
Then in 2005, a team measured the mountain and calculated a height of 8,844 meters. But because the research wasn’t authorized by Nepal, the country didn’t recognize him as official stature either.