Thursday, October 6, 2011

Webcam brings Mt Everest to internet

athmandu - The world's highest webcam has been installed in the Nepalese Himalayas, beaming live images of Mount Everest back to scientists studying the effects of climate change on the planet's tallest peak.

The solar-powered camera, set at 5 675m on Kala Patthar, a smaller mountain facing Everest, will withstand temperatures as low as -30°C and operates during daylight hours.

The device, developed by German surveillance firm Mobotix, is more than a kilometre higher than the previous record for a high-altitude webcam set by a 4 389m altitude camera at the base camp of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.

"We spent months developing the perfect set-up for the installation and invested a lot of time testing and verifying the system," said Giampietro Kohl of Ev-K2-CNR, the mountain research group which installed the camera.

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