The mountain, which even has its own Twitter account where people can ask anything, already had a dubious “dirty” reputation. And it has now become even dirtier. Not really top news, therefore, for Mount Everest, the mountain that has already been climbed by more than 6,500 people.
Just curious, do you need a permit to hike to the base camp?
– John (@ minutes2midnig1) October 26, 2020
Researchers have found traces of microplastics close to the top of Mount Everest. The tiny plastic particles are believed to have come from items used by the hundreds of people who climb the world’s highest peak in the Himalayas every year. The findings are published in the environmental journal One Earth.
The busy route to the 8,848-meter summit has already been nicknamed “the highest dump site in the world” because it is littered with fluorescent tents, discarded climbing equipment, empty gas bottles and even frozen droppings. But the first study on microplastics on Everest, led by a research team from the University of Plymouth, found pollutants up to 8,440 meters above sea level. It would be twelve microplastic fibers per liter of snow.
fascinating and disturbing at the same time
– Lojek.O (@lojek_o) November 20, 2020
“The samples showed significant amounts of polyester, acrylic, nylon and polypropylene fibers,” said researcher Imogen Napper. “It really surprised me to find microplastics in every snow sample that I have analyzed. When I thought of Mount Everest, I always thought of remoteness and unspoilt nature. The fact that we pollute the area around the top of the highest mountain is a real eye-opener. ”
People respond to the news. “Fascinating and disturbing at the same time.” And: “People are now known for polluting the earth from the deepest ocean floor to the highest peak.”
Microplastic pollution found close to summit of Mount Everest
– Humans are now known to have polluted the Earth with plastic from the deepest ocean trench to the highest peak
Study by @Imogennapper et al
Story by me # plasticpollution https://t.co/enAfBnO6bp
– Damian Carrington (@dpcarrington) November 20, 2020
Mount Everest trivia
The tallest mountain in the world is Mount Everest! #traveltuesday Trivia
– whereivebeen (@whereivebeen) April 15, 2009
Except that Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world (there is a mountain on Mars that is much higher) and that the mountain is named after Sir George Everest, not many people know that time flies just a little faster on the summit of Mount Everest (compared to sea level). Has everything to do with Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Olympus Mons is about 2.5 times taller than Mount Everest. #trivia pic.twitter.com/8DZCIGrJP2
– Corgific (@Corgific) October 24, 2016
Einstein’s theory of relativity states that the closer one is to the Earth, the slower time goes. A year goes by 15 microseconds faster at the top of Mount Everest than it does at sea level
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#facts #space #earth #time #genius pic.twitter.com/dJr9thOq6U
– The Reveal (@thebestreveal) January 9, 2020
A little more mountain trivia: Mount Everest was named after Sir George Everest, the British surveyor-general of India, in 1865.
– Nezuntoz Cafe (@Nezuntoz) August 7, 2011
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