According to the press, the melting glaciers reveal dozens of corpses on the highest mountain in the world.
The perilous journey to the summit of Mount Everest is fraught with icefall, rugged terrain, incredible freezing temperatures and heights that cause altitude sickness. While nearly 5,000 people managed to climb the mountain, another 300 people died along the way. [The World’s Tallest Mountains]
Some of these bodies found themselves covered with ice and remained hidden for many years. But now, climate change is accelerating the melting of the ice around them, exposing multiple limbs and bodies, the BBC reported on March 21st.
Last year, a group of researchers found that the ice on Everest was warmer than average and a study conducted four years ago found that the mountain ponds were growing with the melting of ice cream, according to the BBC. But it is not only the melting of glaciers that exposes these bodies, it is also the movement of the Khumbu glacier in Nepal.
Most corpses are discovered at the Khumbu waterfall, one of the most dangerous places on the mountain. According to the Washington Post, glaciers can collapse unexpectedly and glaciers can slide several feet a day, in 2015. In 2014, 16 mountaineers were killed both in this region, crushed under the ice.
Removing bodies from the mountain is a delicate, dangerous and extremely expensive task, subject to legal constraints. Nepali law, for example, requires government agencies to intervene when dealing with them, according to the BBC.
In addition, "most mountaineers like to be left on the mountains if they die," said Alan Arnette, a mountaineer on the BBC.
Originally published on Science live.