Nepal are to re-measure Mount Everest after a dispute with China about its true height. After watching a geology show on BBC HD with Richard Hammond last night, our intrepid reporter Taribo West knows how mountains are formed.
"Basically, its two plates banging into each other. Then mountains happen," proclaimed West BSc(Hons).
China, unlike the rest of the world, call the peak 'Mount Chairman Mao Our Inspirational, Kind and Wondrous Leader and forever Bless Him and His Mountain'. They believe the mountain to be 90 feet in height, a colossus one cannot argue with.
However, the Nepalese, who say the mountain is over 28000 feet high, disagree. A startling size difference between the two estimates is believed to be the start of the argument, and the fact the the two countries are slowly being crushed against each other by moving tectonic plates.
Nepalese President Kath Mandu states, "It is shocking that China only recognises the 90 feet of Everest which is on its side of the border. It rises into magnificence, with its worst parts arguably being in the region of 0-90 feet above sea level."
The Chinese spokesman for Mountains, How Hi Sit, replied "The Wondrous and Grorious Peak is at height of 90 feet. If they want to argue, they had better bring biiiiig tape measure."
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