Showing posts with label Glacier Works. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glacier Works. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Go On a Virtual Trek to Everest and Learn About Glaciers

Glacier Works, Microsoft, and David Breashears have collaborated to develop a great new site called Everest: Rivers of Ice. Everest: Rivers of Ice is an interactive site that takes visitors on a virtual trek to Mount Everest base camp. There are eight stops along the way to base camp. At each stop viewers can explore panoramic images of valleys and glaciers. After completing the virtual trek to base camp viewers can compare the size of Himalayan glaciers in the 1920's to the size of those same glaciers today.

Applications for Education
As David Breashears says in the opening video, Everest: Rivers of Ice is designed to raise awareness of the shrinking glaciers of the Himalaya. Those glaciers provide water to nearly two billion people. Everest: Rivers of Ice could be used as part of lesson in which students learn about the formation of glaciers and rivers.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Explore Mount Everest's Khumbu Glacier in HD

Crossing Mount Everest's Khumbu icefall is the first hazard mountaineers face when attempting to climb Mount Everest from the south side. The route from the south side is the most commonly climbed route. This spring David Breashears (best known for his IMAX film about Everest) captured a high definition gigapixel image of the Khumbu glacier. Glacier Works, which whose work I have featured in the past, has now published that image in a zoomable format. You can zoom in, zoom out, and pan around the image. See if you can count the basecamp tents in the picture.

Applications for Education
I'm adding this new Glacier Works image to my list of resources for teaching about Mount Everest. The image could be good for showing students how fractured the glacier becomes during the spring melt. It's also a good picture for showing people just how many tents and climbers are on Everest in the spring climbing season.

H/T to The Adventure Blog