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The melting of Mount Everest glaciers reveal dead climbers’ bodies: report

In this Nov. 12, 2015 photo, Mt. Everest is seen from the road to Kalapatthar in Nepal.
(AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa)

The melting of the glaciers on Mount Everest are revealing the bodies of dead climbers, sparking concern of the organizers of expeditions to the famous peak, according to the BBC.

The BBC reports that the global warming of the earth is unlocking the deadly mountain, horrifying secrets. Everest has claimed the lives of nearly 300 climbers since the first attempt to conquer the mountain in 1921, two-thirds of them are buried on the mountain’s ice and snow. In 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach Everest summit.

“As the warming of the earth, the ice sheets and glaciers are rapidly melting, and the dead bodies that remained buried all these years, are now becoming exposed,” Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told the news outlet.

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The BBC also interviewed by an official who had picked up about 10 dead bodies of the mountain in the past few years, who said that “it is clear that more and more of them are emerging now.”

FILE – in this May 18, 2013 file photo released by mountain guide Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions, a climber pauses on the way to the top of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepalese Himalayas.
(AP Photo/Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian Ballinger, File)

Famous remains on the deadly mountain have a body called “Green Boots,” by climbers, believed to be the corpse of an Indian climber who died during the descent from the summit in 1996. The body, wearing neon green climbing boots, became a landmark for climbers, but there are reports that it is no longer visible. In 1999, the well-preserved body of the famous British mountaineer George Mallory was found on Everest, 75 years after his death. Mallory’s remains were then covered with a cairn. It is not clear whether he ever reached the Everest summit.

The retrieval of bodies from the mountain is full of danger. The most difficult bodies to get near the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak in the oxygen-poor area known by mountain climbers as the death zone.

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In 2017, with a team of local Sherpa climbers recovered the body of an Indian climber who is already on Everest for a year. The expedition led to a fierce debate in the mountaineering community about the morality of risking more lives to retrieve the bodies of one of the most unforgiving places on Earth.

File photo – This photo was taken on April 26, 2018, shows the Khumbu glacier, one of the longest glaciers in the world and the Everest base camp.
(PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

“One body off of the mountain, they are a danger to the lives of 10 more people,” said Tshering at the moment.

The high-risk expedition to retrieve the body of the Indian climber and two others of Everest was financed with approximately $92,000 of the Indian state of West Bengal. “It was a very dangerous operation,” West Bengal is the official Sayeed Ahmed Baba approved. “It was hard to find sherpas who were prepared to go. But we had to do for the families.”

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Last year, officials in Nepal confirmed that the body of a Japanese climber and a Macedonian climbers were found on the mountain. Five climbers died on Everest in 2018.

File photo – the Khumbu-glacier.
(PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

The BBC reports that the bodies are also removed from the northern side of the mountain, which in the chinese autonomous region of Tibet.

The spring climbing season, when the weather is the best on the world’s highest mountain, began on 1 March and ends on 31 May.

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The number of climbers attempting to scale the peak in the recent years has even led to concerns about overpopulation, the further aggravation of the dangers on the mountain. Some 563 climbers scaled the peak of Nepal, the southern side in 2018.

File photo -George Mallory’s body found on Mount Everest in May 1999.
(Photo by Jake NORTON/Mallory-Irvine/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Some 293 people have lost their lives since the first attempt to scale Everest in 1921, 118, of whom Sherpa guides, according to climber Alan Arnette, in a blog post. A median of 4 people have died on the mountain every year since then, he explained. “The emphasis on the modern period from 2000 to 2018 deaths have increased to 6 annual deaths, strongly driven by the 28 Sherpa deaths on the south side in 2014 and 2015 of the serac late in the Icefall and the [Nepal 2015] earthquake,” Arnette said.

China said in January it would reduce the number of climbers by a third this year as part of the plans for a big clean up of the mountain lies on the border between the countries. China also closed the Everest base camp to tourists for an indefinite period earlier this year as part of the cleanup effort.

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Scientists have pointed to the impact of climate change on the famous mountain. In 2017, experts of the british University of Leeds, University of Sheffield, Aberystwyth University and the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) drilled in the Khumbu Glacier record temperatures deep under the surface.

File photo – the remains of a British climber George Mallory, who were covered with rocks after their discovery in 1999.
(Photo by Jake NORTON/Mallory-Irvine/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

The Nepalese glacier is located on the slopes of Mount Everest.

The research, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports in 2018, revealed: “a minimum ice temperature of only -3.3 °C [26.06 F], even on the coldest ice is a 2 °C warmer than the average temperature.”

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File photo – In this photo taken on April 26, 2015, the rocks are held on flattened tents at Everest Base Camp, to cover the bodies of some of the people that died a day earlier when an earthquake caused the avalanche crashed through parts of the base camp, killing scores of people.
(ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

“These results indicate that the altitude Himalayan glaciers are sensitive to even small atmospheric warming of the earth and is particularly sensitive to future climate warming,” explained the University of Leeds, in a statement.

Fox News Andrew O’reilly, Barnini Chakraborty and The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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