A Photo From "On High"

Discussion in 'Earth Science' started by wet1, Jul 23, 2002.

  1. wet1 Wanderer Registered Senior Member


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    The View from Everest
    Credit & Copyright: Roddy Mackenzie

    What would it be like to stand atop the tallest mountain on Earth?
    To see a full panoramic vista from there, scroll right. Visible are
    snow peaked mountains near and far, tremendous cliffs, distant
    plateaus, the tops of clouds, and a dark blue sky. Mt. Everest stands
    8.85 kilometers above sea level, roughly the maximum height
    reached by international airplane flights, but much less than the
    300 kilometers achieved by a space shuttle. Hundreds of people
    have tried and failed to climb the behemoth by foot, a feat first
    accomplished successfully in 1953. About 1000 people have now
    made it to the summit. Roddy Mackenzie, who climbed the
    mountain in 1989, captured the above image. Mt. Everest lies in
    the Himalayan mountains in the country of Nepal. In the native
    language of Nepal, the mountain's name is "Sagarmatha" which
    means "goddess of the sky."

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