WORLD The climbing season on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest may be over, according to those on the scene. On Friday, 16 Nepali mountaineers were killed in the the single deadliest accident on the mountain. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about Mount Everest and the dangers of avalanches. Discussion Ideas Watch our video, “Avalanches 101,” above. It describes two types … Continue reading Is Everest’s Climbing Season Finished?
We’re kickin’ it old school to celebrate #tbt (throwback Thursday) and diggin’ into the blog archives to dig out this gem of a post in honor of Mt. Everest, whose summit was initially reached on May 29th, 1953, by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay. We hope that you’ll forgive the fact that a better #tbt would have been if the 29th were today! To … Continue reading #tbt: Experiencing the Thrill of Everest from the Safety of the Classroom
“Not only are the students seeing exotic photos and reading updates on MSU’s expedition website, but they are using some of the same equipment in the classroom that the climbers are using on Mount Everest,” said Suzi Taylor, assistant director of outreach and communication at MSU’s Extended University.
“Hundreds of others are following the expedition’s dispatches, photos, and videos via Facebook.”
Yesterday, at a joint session of the Arctic Council and the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for tighter controls over tourism and other forms of pollution in Antarctica. Citing environmental and scientific research value, she urged greater global cooperation in preserving the continent.
Since 2000-01, visits to Antarctica have increased nearly four-fold,
with 46,000 visitors to the continent during the last tourist season.
The implications of this increase in tourism are, of course,
devastating to such a pristine ecosystem. And with the continued rise
in adventure tourism and nature-oriented travel, scientists and
preservationists are understandably concerned over the future of the