25 Mar '12, 8pm

Mount Everest - A Living Laboratory

Mount Everest - A Living Laboratory

Mount Everest image via Shutterstock Mount Everest is not normally regarded as a living laboratory, but while geographers and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide are eagerly looking forward to May 2013 and the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent, scientists will be using the mountain for a completely different purpose. It was in 1856 that the Great Trigonometric Survey of India established that what was then known as Peak XV was the world's highest mountain. In 1856 it was given the English name of Mount Everest in honour of Sir George Everest, former British General Surveyor of India. The mountain is situated on the border between Nepal and Tibet and since both countries were closed to foreigners in the 1850s, the British had no idea that in Tibet the mountain is known as Chomolungma, or Mother of the Universe, while to the Nepalese it is Sagarmatha, or Goddess of t...

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