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Nepal is sending a team of expert climbers to remeasure the height of Mount Everest amid fears it has shrunk following a 2015 earthquake.
Four government-appointed climbers who have spent two years training for the expedition will head for the Himalayan range on the border between Nepal and China today.
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Scientists believe the peak of the world's tallest mountain may have been reduced by an inch due to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal.
It is the first time the country has sent its own team to conduct a survey of the world's highest mountain.
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Everest's official height is 29,029ft (8,848 metres) and was first recorded by an Indian survey in 1954.
Numerous other teams have measured the peak, although the 1954 height remains the widely accepted figure.
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But a heated debate erupted in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in Nepal in 2015, with suggestions the powerful tremor had knocked height off the peak.
Nepal's Survey Department commissioned a team of surveyors in 2017 to prepare for an Everest expedition in the hope of putting the matter to rest.
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'We are sending a team because there were questions regarding the height of Everest after the earthquake,' the expedition's co-ordinator from the Survey Department, Susheel Dangol, said.
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