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AS I WAS taught at Cambridge in 1935 by a former Survey of India geodesist, the real problem about the height of Mount Everest (Stephen Goodwin's Everest Diary, 30 April) is not defining the top (which the Chinese did with their metal tripod) but the bottom, five hundred miles from the nearest sea.

JOHN WRIGHT

West Wittering, West Sussex

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