What is Block Height?

Block height serves as a measure akin to counting the number of Lego blocks stacked up in a tower. Each block signifies a confirmed set of transactions on a blockchain network, starting from the genesis block at the very beginning. Just as removing a Lego block from the middle disrupts the tower’s structure, skipping a block in a blockchain sequence isn’t feasible.

Calculating block height involves determining how many blocks have been added to the tower since its inception. This is done by dividing the time elapsed since the blockchain’s inception by the average time required to add a new block. For instance, Bitcoin aims for a new block every 10 minutes.

It’s important to note that different blockchains have varying speeds and block sizes, making direct comparisons of block heights between them inappropriate. However, if your local copy of a blockchain diverges from the global count, it indicates that it’s not up to date.

In simpler terms, block height indicates the blockchain tower’s current height and whether your copy is synchronized with the network’s overall status.

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