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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Now it's Global Shrinking

The Chinese are remeasuring Mount Everest to see if it's shrinking.

Why should it be shrinking? What else but our old friend Global Warming?

The State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, working with the Chinese national women's mountaineering expedition, will use radar and global positioning system equipment to remeasure the peak, known in Chinese as Mount Qomolangma, the state-run newspaper China Daily reported.

China last conducted such research in 1975, it said.

Everest is now said to be 8,848 meters (29,035 feet) high.

The newspaper said a recent survey found the peak of Everest had dropped by 1.3 meters (slightly more than 4 feet) due to melting of glaciers resulting from global warming.


Amazing how those glaciers cling to the peaks of mountains!

1 Comments:

At 25 January 2005 at 15:35, Blogger Jorgen said...

Even if it was shrinking, this could be due to local conditions as is the case in for example the Antarctic Peninsula (small area in Antarctica).

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn1785

 

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