China now thinks Everest, the worlds highest peak, is about 3.7 meters (about 12 feet) shorter than its own past estimates after conducting a new survey of the mountain this year, state media reported on Sunday.
Mount Everest stood 8,844.43 meters above sea level, with a margin of error of about 0.21 meters, Chen Bangzhu, Director General of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, told a news conference.
Chinese mountaineers and researchers climbed to the top of Mount Everest in May to determine whether the worlds tallest mountain was still growing.
Chen told reporters on state television the updated figure did not mean the mountain had shrunk over time.
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