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Latest Altitude Stories

2010-10-07 13:49:06

Climbers of high peaks such as Mount Kilimanjaro are at high risk for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

2010-08-03 02:35:49

If summer travel plans include high altitude conditions, it is important to take proper precautionary measures to prevent sickness.

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2010-02-16 10:25:00

For winter sports athletes, including Olympians competing in Vancouver this week, the altitude of the sports venue can have a significant impact on performance, requiring athletes in skill sports, such as figure skating, ski jumping and snowboarding, to retool highly technical moves to accommodate more or less air resistance.

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2008-12-30 14:37:00

Results of a new study indicate that otherwise healthy older children and adolescents who visit high-altitude destinations may develop acute mountain sickness in the first few days after they arrive.

2006-08-25 03:17:15

LONDON (Reuters) - Climbers on Mount Everest need a better understanding of altitude sickness to halt an increase in deaths there, a doctor who climbed the world's highest peak earlier this year said on Friday.


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2010-11-15 18:22:54

A radar altimeter measures altitude above the terrain beneath an aircraft as opposed to a barometric altimeter which provides the distance above a pre-determined datum, usually sea level. Radar is the underpinning principle of the system. Radio waves that are reflected back from the ground are timed in order to calculate speed, distance, and time which are related to the each other and can be used to calculate the distance from one point to another. Lloyd Espenschied invented the radar...

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