But scientists revealed that Mount Everest is still increasing 2 inches a year. Increasing height about 2 inches a year is not very much in human terms, but imagine how much that would be over millions of years!Professor Brad Washburn of the Boston Museum of Science, the world’s foremost mountain cartographer, and his team have calculated that earth’s highest elevation is actually 7 feet higher than the previous record. That makes the official height 29,035 ft/8850m. Using a radar device to the top of Everest where it could be positioned to measure the actual height of the mountain – underneath all that snow. GPS technology was also deployed near the summit, which uses satellite signal relays to take readings from the top of Everest. After months of crunching numbers Washburn’s team arrived at the new, official world-record elevation.
The new recorded height of Mount Everest is 8850 metres, or 29035 feet. That is an increase of about two meters – or seven feet – on the altitude, which was set by Indian geologists and which has been recognized officially for 45 years. That height had been fixed at 29028 feet in 1953 when Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the famous first ascent of Everest.