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Mallory and Irvine: Should we solve Everest's mystery?

The mystery of whether two British adventurers were the first to reach Everest's summit has long intrigued the public. But do we really want to know the truth?
As a tale of doomed, romantic endeavour, it has endured for decades.
It is also Everest's most persistent mystery - did George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine make it to the top in 1924, almost 30 years before it was officially conquered?

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Nepal to re-measure Mount Everest to end China row

Nepal has ordered a new survey of Mount Everest to end the "confusion" over the exact height of the world's tallest mountain, a government spokesman has said.
The official overall height of Everest is designated as 8,848m.
But China and Nepal have had a long-running disagreement over the height

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Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mount Everest. (1953)

50 years ago May 29 1953 The top of Mount Everest was reached for the first time by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
Since then 1.200-1.500 has climbed the top. Nobody knows the exact number. More than 140 climbers died on the way.
On May 24, 1989 the Australian photographer and mountaineer Roderick Mackenzie reached the summit. He was no 271 since 1953
He made which as far as I know is the only 360 degree panorama From the top.

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The search for renowned Nepalese Sherpa Chhewang Nima, who climbed Mt Everest 19 times, is called off two days after he was hit by an avalanche.
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An extreme storm may have contributed to the deaths of famed climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine as they tried to reach Everest's summit in 1924.
That is the conclusion of a new study using weather data recorded during their historic expedition.
Mallory and Irvine were sighted on 8 June 1924, scaling Everest's north-east ridge, before vanishing.

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Himalaya, que s'est-il passé lors de la collision Inde-Asie ?

Depuis les années soixante dix, les spécialistes attribuent l'origine de la chaîne Himalayenne à la collision entre l'Inde et l'Eurasie, toute fois, les modalités précises de la formation de l'Himalaya sont encore sujettes à débat. S'agit-il d'un empilement d'écailles continentales ou de l'expulsion de roches partiellement fondues? Des travaux publiés dans les revues Earth and Planetary Science Letters et Tectonics portants sur l'analyse des roches du massif de l'Ama Drime, au sud du Tibet, par une équipe de chercheurs de l'INSU-CNRS (Laboratoire des Sciences de la Terre de Lyon, Institut de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg, Géosciences Montpellier) et de l'Institut de Géologie et de l'Académie des Sciences de Chine (Pekin), confirme le modèle d'écailles continentales.
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Briton seeks to efface India's shame on Mt Everest

Even 14 years later, 1996 remains a terrible memory in the minds of mountaineers and their families as the black year in which 15 climbers perished while attempting to summit Mt Everest, eight of them dying on a single day after being trapped in a storm.
It is an especially dark year for India, which lost three members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force on the slope of the world's highest mountain. While Jon Krakauer's account of the worst Everest disaster - Into Thin Air - pays tribute to slain climbers like Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, ITBP's Subedar Tsewang Samanla, Lance Naik Dorje Morup and Head Constable Tsewang Paljor remain unsung, even though they may have shown exemplary courage and endurance summiting the 8848m peak during the lashing, blinding storm.

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Indian crust sank 200 km after hitting Asian landmass

The collision of the Indian and Asian landmasses some 90 million years ago forced the Indian tectonic plate down under the Asian plate to a depth of 200 km - around double of previous estimates - in the earth's mantle, according to a new geological study.
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An Australian adventurer will set out to solve Mount Everest's greatest mystery this week by searching for long-lost evidence that the peak was conquered in 1924, 29 years earlier than previously thought.
Mountaineer Duncan Chessell said conditions were the best in decades to find the missing body of Andrew "Sandy" Irvine and perhaps photographic evidence that he reached the world's highest peak with fellow Briton George Mallory.

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Reading University, one of UK's leading research centres, claims to have solved a riddle that has perplexed scientists since the 19th century. An intensive study carried out by it has reached the conclusion that heavy snowfall over the Himalayas in winter and spring can be the direct cause of drought in India, especially in the early part of the summer monsoon.
Given that last winter was quite severe and mammoth quantities of snow may have fallen on the Himalayan range, all concerned in the Indian agrarian sector need to be vigilant about a delayed monsoon and plan accordingly.

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