Mount Everest Research Paper

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At 29,029 feet (8,848 meters), Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world in terms of altitude. However, the tallest mountain is actually Mauna Kea in Hawaii, which measures 33,480 feet (10,205 m) from its underwater base to its peak, according to Guinness World Records. (Most of Mauna Kea is underwater.)

Everest is located at the border of Nepal to the south and China or Tibet on the north. It is over 60 million years old.

Everest was formed by the movement of the Indian tectonic plate pushing up and against the Asian plate. Everest grows by about a quarter of an inch (0.25") every year. It consist of different types of shale, limestone and marble. The rocky summit is covered with deep snow all year long

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Everest is called Chomolungma in Tibet. It means mother goddess of the universe.Everest is called Sagarmatha in Nepal. It means goddess of the sky.It was first identified for the western world by a British survey team lead by Sir George Everest in 1841.Everest was first named Peak 15 and measured at 29,002 feet in 1856.In 1865, it was named Mount Everest, after Sir George Everest.In 1955, the height was adjusted to 29,028 feet and is still used by Nepal.China uses 29,015 feet as the official height today.Using GPS technology, the summit was measured at 29,035 feet in …show more content…
Symptoms include nausea, headache, dizziness and exhaustion. Many Colorado ski resorts surpass this altitude.

If climbers remain below 12,000 feet (3,600 m), they are unlikely to experience the more severe forms of altitude sickness, which may cause difficulty walking, increased breathlessness, a bubbling sound in the chest, coughed-up liquid that is pink and frothy, and confusion or loss of consciousness.

Oxygen insufficiency is the root of altitude sickness. The barometric pressure decreases at high altitudes, which allows oxygen molecules to spread out, according to Dr. Eric Weiss, a professor of emergency medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and founder and former director of the Stanford Wilderness Medicine Fellowship. At Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu Glacier, which lies at an altitude of 17,600 feet (5,400 m), oxygen levels are at about 50 percent of what they are at sea level. That drops to one-third at Everest's summit, which reaches about 29,000 feet (8,850 m) above sea level.

The marked reduction in barometric pressure and oxygen you get has very deleterious effects on the brain and the

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