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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:54 PM

Mount Everest Gigapixel Photo (this is really nifty neato, worth a click through)

Picture this: Mount Everest, captured in astounding interactive digital detail. We're not talking megapixels, we're talking gigapixels -- as in two to three billion pixels. An image so detailed you can zoom in on individuals standing around at basecamp from miles away.

The folks at Glacier Works recently finished putting together such an image as part of their work to track climate change and its effects on the glaciers of Mount Everest.

"Our high-resolution gigapixel photography enables viewers to experience the glaciers as never before: up-close and with extreme precision," writes Glacier Works on the group's Facebook page. "Using our online tools, it is possible to soar thousands of feet above a glacier and view it in its entirety, or zoom down to the ground and explore pebbles embedded in the ice."

(Click through to see the photo here.)
https://s3.amazonaws.com/Gigapans/EBC_Pumori_050112_8bit_FLAT/EBC_Pumori_050112_8bit_FLAT.html

The image is actually the product of more than 400 individual photos, each taken with a 300mm lens then stitched together, David Breashears, the photographer and team founder, explained to NPR.

Breashears sees changes in the glaciers on Mount Everest as a canary in the coalmine of the Himalayas, a sign of dangerous things to come if we don't take action. His team's work also includes comparing old and new photos taken from the same vantage point to illustrate climate change, an example of which can be seen below.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/19/mount-everest-gigapixel-photo_n_2331169.html

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Reply Mount Everest Gigapixel Photo (this is really nifty neato, worth a click through) (Original post)
Electric Monk Dec 2012 OP
niyad Dec 2012 #1
Suich Dec 2012 #2
niyad Dec 2012 #3
Demo_Chris Dec 2012 #4
Texin Dec 2012 #5
truedelphi Dec 2012 #7
Texin Dec 2012 #8
Electric Monk Dec 2012 #16
brush Dec 2012 #17
Fearless Dec 2012 #9
wordpix Dec 2012 #19
OnyxCollie Dec 2012 #6
neverforget Dec 2012 #10
cheapdate Dec 2012 #11
N_E_1 for Tennis Dec 2012 #12
petronius Dec 2012 #13
Spitfire of ATJ Dec 2012 #14
wordpix Dec 2012 #20
Spitfire of ATJ Dec 2012 #22
toby jo Dec 2012 #15
leveymg Dec 2012 #18
wordpix Dec 2012 #21
Quixote1818 Dec 2012 #23

Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:59 PM

1. k and r for that amazing photo--thank you SO MUCH

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:06 AM

2. I just saw this on the news and have been cruising around the site.

AMAZING!

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:10 AM

3. chomolungma-goddess mother of the world

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 02:43 AM

4. Amazing!

 

Amazing. You can see little people all over the place if you look carefully.

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 11:34 AM

5. Where the hell is all the snow?

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Response to Texin (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 04:42 PM

7. Confess my reaction was the same as yours - this is

The tallest peak on the earth, right?

I thought for a moment maybe the poster had put up a slope in Switzerland or somewhere.

What a revelation. So little snow.

My shock over the snow scarcity left me little energy to contemplate the hi resolution of the photo.

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Response to truedelphi (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:38 PM

8. I think K2 is a tad higher, but what are the odds that it's also w/o much snow.

I found that pretty damn shocking.

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Response to Texin (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:21 AM

17. K-2 is actually tad lower, by about a 840 feet. nt

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Response to Texin (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 11:48 PM

9. Snow needs moisture and likewise

Wind blows snow. Plus snow falls in greater quantities nearer to 32 degrees than colder because the air holds more moisture. And, the air is much thinner near the top and most snow clouds are below the peak.

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Response to Texin (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:54 AM

19. oh you global warming hair-on-fire faker, we know what you're up to



No, there's no global warming

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:18 PM

6. That is cool. nt

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:15 AM

10. That is a really cool link! thanks!

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 10:27 AM

11. Wow! Great link. That someone would climb that mountain is almost incomprehnsible.

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:14 AM

12. Wicked Awesome!!!

Thanks for the link, I could spend all day looking at this.

This will be an additional Christmas present to my kids.

Thanks again!

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:46 PM

13. Very cool - thanks for the link! Can certainly see why that ice fall is such a

dangerous route...

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 03:22 PM

14. Look at all the "base camps!!!

Everest has become a tourist trap.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:19 AM

20. You can see groups of people going up from main base camp, looks like hundreds

When the base and even the mid-elevation of a mt. like Everest gets full of people, you know you've reached the pop. level where it's time to start using birth control. geesh

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Response to wordpix (Reply #20)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:27 PM

22. One thing I found funny is there is one tent kind of set apart from the others....

....that guy likes to think he's doing it all on his own.

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 05:09 PM

15. Best shot I've seen of it

Not into mountain climbing at all, but it's cool that other folks get it.

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 04:32 PM

18. Zoom in - You can see the tents at the base camp, 1/2 way up the glacier.

Gives you an idea about the scale of the thing, and an appreciation for what it must be like to make that final ascent and to try to make it back down to camp in one day.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 09:20 AM

21. follow the glacier up and you'll see lots of people and the ladders across the glacial chasms

not for me, but it's beautiful I'm sure

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Response to wordpix (Reply #21)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:13 PM

23. A little bit to the right of those tents you can see the Yeti

http://www.google.com/url?source=imglanding&ct=img&q=&sa=X&ei=0V_eUJOBNJLJqQH0uYCwCg&ved=0CAkQ8wc&usg=AFQjCNFr3BuEj0rknIbxgE3YY2WgAv1QbA

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