What are the latitude and longitude coordinates for Mt. Everest?


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The agreed-upon geographic coordinates for Mount Everest are latitude 27 degrees, 59'17" N and longitude 86 degrees, 55'31" E. At an elevation of 29,029 feet, Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain. It is part of the Himalayan Mountain Range, which runs through Nepal, India and China.

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Mount Everest is situated at the southern edge of the Tibetan Plateau in the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China and the northern edge of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The name for the mountain in the Tibetan language is "Chomolungma," which means "Holy Mother Peak." It is known in Nepal as "Sagarmatha." The portion of the Himalayan Mountain Range in which Mount Everest is located is referred to as the Mahalangur section.

The English name for the mountain came from Andrew Waugh, who served as Britain's surveyor general for India during the mid-1800s. Waugh felt that too many names for the mountain existed in the local dialects of the region, and to avoid confusion, he recommended the Royal Geographical Society to name the mountain after George Everest, his predecessor to the post of surveyor general. Everest disagreed, but the name took hold, and Earth's highest mountain became known to a large portion of the world as Mount Everest in 1865.

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