Melting Glaciers Expose Dead Bodies on Mount Everest

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Glaciers on Mount Everest are rapidly melting and expedition officials are worried about the number of climbers’ bodies that are becoming exposed across the cold landscape.Since the first Mount Everest ascent attempt, almost 300 climbers have died on the peak and two-thirds of bodies are still believed to be buried in the ice and snow, BBC News reported. Climbers’ bodies are being removed on China’s side of Mount Everest, as the weather warms up and the spring climbing season begins. Officials and other climbers have spotted bodies near many Mount Everest areas, including Camp 1, Camp 4, and the Khumbu Glacier’s surface.Trekkers and porters gather at Everest Base Camp. (Photo Credit: By PRAKASH MATHEMA/ AFP/Getty Images)“Because of global warming, the ice sheet and glaciers are fast melting and the dead bodies that remained buried all these years are now becoming exposed,” Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association, told BBC News. “We have brought down dead bodies of some mountaineers who died in recent years, but the old ones that remained buried are now coming out.”Expedition Operators Association of Nepal (EOAN) officials said they were bringing down ropes from Mount Everest’s higher camps and Lhotse mountains this climbing season, however, handling the dead bodies have been a challenging task. According to EOAN officials, Nepal’s law requires government agency involvement with retrieving dead bodies from Mount Everest. Plus, it costs from $40,000 to $80,000 to bring down dead bodies from Mount Everest, due to weather complications and safety risks.“This issue needs to be prioritized by both the government and the mountaineering industry,” Dambar Parajuli, president of EOAN, told BBC News. “If they can do it on the Tibet side of Everest, we can do it here as well.”The Khumbu Glacier is seen in the Everest region in Solukhumbu district some 140km northeast of the Nepali capital Kathmandu. (Photo Credit: PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)Global warming also remains a key issue for Mount Everest: In 2017, the EverDrill project research team drilled into Khumbu Glacier in Nepal and took note of temperatures deep below the glacier’s surface layer. The team, which published their findings in Scientific Reports, found that the minimum ice temperature was only -3.3 degrees Celsius (26.06 degrees Fahrenheit), indicating that some high-elevation glaciers in the Himalayas are sensitive to minor atmospheric warming.“Because of the movement of the Khumbu Glacier, we do get to see dead bodies from time to time,” Tshering Pandey Bhote, vice president of Nepal National Mountain Guides Association, told BBC. “But, most climbers are mentally prepared to come across such a sight.”More on Geek.com:Antarctica’s Ice Melting Rate Has Increased by 240 PercentIce Climbing World Cup Heads to America for the First TimeChinese Electric Car Sets Altitude Record By Reaching Glacierlast_img

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