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A team of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials today arrived in Kathmandu on a visit to the Everest region.
Talking to The Himalayan Times, the team members said they would contribute to the research activities of the NASA. They, however, said their trip was not official.
NASA Orion Landing System Integration Manager and leader of the expedition, Chris J Johnson and said there were doctors, pilots and scientists in the team of 11 NASA officials.

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A three-year study shows that glaciers in the Yangtze source area, central to the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, have receded 196 square kilometres over the past 40 years.
Glaciers at the headwaters of the Yangtze, China's longest river, now cover 1,051 square km compared to 1,247 square km in 1971, a loss of nearly a billion cubic metres of water. The tongue of the Yuzhu glacier, the highest in the Kunlun Mountains, fell by 1,500 metres over the same period, showed the study, to be used by the China Geological Survey Institute.

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A UA-led team has received a National Science Foundation grant for work toward creating a timeline and geological map of the Tibetan Plateau - an intriguing and expansive terrain located in Central Asia.
The region has long had scientists perplexed and, for that reason and others, the Central Asian landmass and the High Himalayas are the center of a research project led by a team of University of Arizona researchers.

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New race to explore the Himalayas
The Hindu-Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region in South Asia has remained a nagging gap in the global climate change knowledge bank.
In the absence of field studies and adequate data, the impact of global warming in the area stretching from Afghanistan in the west to Burma in the east is largely unknown.
In effect, there has been virtually no climate change adaptation plan for the zone, which is ecologically hypersensitive, yet a vital natural service provider.

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NASA view of Himalayas and Mt. Everest from Space

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A three-year field study on the Tibetan plateau has shown that plant species differ in their ability to emit or consume methane, a potent greenhouse gas. This could shed fresh light on the role of plants in global methane budgets.
The saga began in early 2006 when Frank Keppler, of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, and his colleagues, revealed that plants thought to be helping combat climate change by taking in carbon-dioxide may collectively emit millions of tonnes of methane.

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Himalaya Atlas of Aerial Panoramas - Vol I
A selection of aerial panoramas for18 famous peaks. All images are 2100 x 900 pixels and are best viewed on large monitors

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New fossil evidence from the rock desert and cold, treeless steppes of Tibet's desolate Himalayan-Tibetan Plateau that now comprise Earth's highest land mass suggests a literally groundbreaking possibility:
Major tectonic changes on the Tibetan Plateau may have caused it to attain its towering present-day elevations -- rendering it inhospitable to the plants and animals that once thrived there -- as recently as 2-3 million years ago, not millions of years earlier than that, as geologists have generally believed. The new evidence calls into question the validity of methods commonly used by scientists to reconstruct the past elevations of the region.

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A Nepalese sherpa has climbed Mount Everest for the 18th time, beating his own record for most ascents of the world's highest peak, officials say.
Appa Sherpa, 47, reached the 8,850m-high (29,035ft) summit along with several members of his team...

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According to the Chinese state news agency, the countries largest cell phone service provider successfully tested a transmission station on Mount Everest on Tuesday, making it possible for people in the area to make mobile phone calls and TV broadcasts  for next year's Olympic torch relay.


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