Sunday, April 30, 2006

Mount Everest

Mount Everest is really famous for being so so high that you have probably heard of it before. It has been known all over the world (wow!) ever since the early 1950s when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay first climbed to its super summit. Hillary looked at Everest comprehensively at the time and determined that it was 29,000 ft/8840m high - a figure amazingly close to the current reading of 29,035 ft/8850m, which was confirmed using radar and global positioning satellite technology.

When Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay (pictured) climbed to the top of Everest they had to wear oxygen tanks, because of the lack of air. Climber’s brains and muscles require the same amount of oxygen to perform, as they would at sea level. That is what makes it really tough to climb Everest.

Cool Stats on Everest:
The Location: Himalayan Mountains, Nepal
Stats: the top of Everest is a breathtaking 29,035 ft/8,850m above sea level.
Scientists that study this really cool stuff are called geologists.


Jacob said...

Wow! That was quick Hope. Straight after you got home on Sunday - I didn't expect the post so soon.

Thanks for filling us in on some facts and figures to do with Mt Everest. Almost 9km above sea level - that's soooo high! No wonder the air is thin up there.

On other matters, I'm glad to let you know that Melissa and I will soon be getting fair trade coffee beans regularly (I was talking to your mum about it on Sunday). Not from trade aid though, but from a coffee roaster in Wellington we like that helped spearhead fair trade coffee in NZ some years ago.

We had been thinking about it for a while and your post on fair trade chocolate helped spur us into action. Thanks.

Melissa is going to do a proper post about it sometime soon.

Take care and we'll see you all on Saturday.

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