Calculating the Height of a Mountain?

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    ryansmith1posted 7 years ago

    Calculating the Height of a Mountain?

    I've got a picture of a mountain, and all I have is angle A and angle B (points on the ground with rays going along the ground and up to the peak of the mountain), the measures of those angles, and the distance between them. How do you do that?

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    ankigarg87posted 7 years ago

    Tool whis is used to measure height of mountain called a transit, and it's based on simple geometry like finding the length of the side of a triangle when you know the degrees of it's angles and the length of 1 side.

    Transits won't work, firstly, every country in the world (nearly) has a different mean sea level, and at the scale of a mountain, curvature and refraction claculations are not accurate enough. Curvature of the earth, and refraction, due to the different strata, densities, humidities, and temperatures of the layers of atmosphere the instrument is measuring through.