Surprising Everest Facts

Surprising Everest Facts

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The Great Trigonometric Survey of British India originally spotted the mountain from Darjeeling, India, in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal, nearly 140 miles away. They first named it 'Gamma,' then 'Peak XV,' and finally, in 1865, they settled on 'Mount Everest,' a name that seems to evoke how the mountain stretches ever higher into the heavens, but was actually after Surveyor General Sir George Everest. Local names, however, are more imaginative. The Tibetans call it 'Chomolunga' (Goddess Mother of the World), and the Nepalese know it as 'Sagarmatha' (Ocean Mother/ Head of the Sky).

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