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MOUNT EVEREST, NEPAL

Image taken from reference below

Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is part of the Himalayas. This mountain range is a fairly "young" and was formed within the last 50 million years, when the Indian continental plate crashed into Southeast Asia. The range runs southeast stretching from northern Pakistan and India across Nepal to Bhutan. Mount Everest is some 8850 meters high and still growing. The Himalayas are said to be still rising up to four millimetres per year, but this is mostly counterbalanced by erosion and weathering. The New Zealander Edmund Hillary and the Nepali Sherpa Tenzing Norgay are credited for being the first people to reach the summit on May 29, 1953. However George Mallory and Andrew Irvine attempted the summit in June 1924. They died on the mountain and with them the knowledge of if they were successful in reaching their goal!

Use these co-ordinates to get to Mount Everest with Google Earth: 27.9833335876, 86.9333343506

Reference:

Smithsonian Institution, multiple contributors. 2003. Earth. Pages 168-169 in Luhr JF, ed. Mountains and Volcanoes. New York: Dorling Kindersley Limited.