Climate Change Scientists to Drill World’s Highest Glacier

Environmental change researchers are making a beeline for the Himalayas in an offer to wind up noticeably the main group to effectively penetrate through the world’s most astounding glacier situated in the foothills of Mount Everest.

Aberystwyth University Professor Bryn Hubbard and his colleagues will spend up to a month and a half working at a height of more than 5,000 meters on the Khumbu icy mass in Nepal and will utilize an uncommonly adjusted auto wash unit to bore up to 200 meters into the ice.

Polar Medal holder Prof Hubbard, who will work with colleagues from the Aberystwyth Centre for Glaciology, said: “I’m excited and I’m worried.

“This is the first time that anybody has attempted to drill the Khumbu glacier.

“Working in the field is a challenge at best but this mission presents some particular challenges.

“One problem we face is that we know nothing about the inside of the glacier.

“We are trying to get to the inside and decided to drill using water that’s under a high pressure.

“We were thinking about what machinery we have available, and that’s how we decided to use the car washer.”

Khumbu icy mass is around 10 miles in length and is situated in Nepal’s northeastern area. It has a rise of considerable as 7,600 meters or 25,000 feet down to 4,900 meters that are proportional to 16,000 feet. Climbers for the most part navigate this icy mass as their passage to the Everest’s base camp.

Glacier works includes that Khumbu glacier is the most elevated icy mass on planet Earth. Its icefall is extremely well known to climbers as they for the most part cross this ice sheet as their portal to the Everest’s base camp.

A helicopter will make a few treks to airdrop half of the gear to the Khumbu icy mass which weigh 1,500 kilograms. The other portion of the EverDrill group’s gear will be brought by Sherpas and their yaks.

The bore will make a stream of boiling point water with a weight that is adequately sufficiently high to puncture through Tarmacadam. It will keep running on three Honda generators that could work at 50 percent proficiency rate on account of absence of oxygen. In any case, the researchers are idealistic that the said extend on the Khumbu icy mass penetrating will reveal some insight into how it responds to environmental change.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: