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2008-07-19 00:00:37

STUDENTS embarking on an expedition to Everest base camp are asking the local community to back their Pounds 64,000 project. Sixteen teenagers from Northallerton College will be accompanied by one of their old boys, the high altitude mountaineer Alan Hinkes on their four-week trek in October, 2009. Some will have the opportunity to climb the 20,000ft Island Peak while others will help to teach English in local schools in the world's fourth poorest country. First they face the daunting...

2008-06-24 06:02:20

By Stephen McGinty IT HAS been called the roof of the world and it is, by many accounts, quite filthy. Mount Everest, the highest peak on the planet, is a junkyard of oxygen cylinders, tinned food, abandoned tents, plastic bags of human waste, ladders, ropes, jackets, even bloody syringes and vials of unlabelled medication. The trail of detritus runs from the base camp in Tibet at 16,995ft and continues all the way to the summit at 29,035ft. The collective weight is estimated at 600...

2008-06-06 03:00:33

By Oliver, Grahame J H Wilde, Simon A; Wan, Yusheng Abstract: Thirty-seven granitoids from Scotland have been dated using the sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe zircon method. Granitoids were intruded during: (1) crustal stretching at c. 600 Ma after Rodinia broke up (A-types); (2) the Grampian event of crustal thickening when the Midland Valley Arc terrane collided with Laurentia at c. 470 Ma (S-types); (3) erosion and decompression of the over-thickened Laurentian margin at c. 455...

2008-02-29 03:00:00

By Dong, Lin Xiao, Shuhai; Shen, Bing; Zhou, Chuanming Abstract: Horodyskia is one of the earliest known macroscopic life forms, with a fossil record dating from c. 1.4 Ga. Palaeopascichnus represents a key Ediacaran element with world-wide distribution. However, their body constructions and affinities are poorly understood, partly because previously described species are mostly preserved as casts and moulds in siliciclastic rocks. Silicified specimens from the upper Ediacaran Liuchapo...

2007-12-03 00:45:00

KATMANDU, Nepal -- An American TV host who traveled to the Himalayas to film a show on the mysterious yeti said Sunday he took castings from three footprints that could prove the legendary giant ape exists and is living on Mount Everest. Josh Gates, the host of Sci Fi's "Destination Truth" show, said he and his crew found three footprints Nov. 28 when they were investigating reported yeti sightings by Sherpas and farmers living in the remote Khumbu region. One print was clearly from a right...

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2007-03-27 15:36:01

The Himalaya, the "Roof of the World", source of the seven largest rivers of Asia are, like other mountain chains, suffering the effects of global warming. To assess the extent of melting of its 33,000 km2 of glaciers, scientists have been using a process they have been pioneering for some years. Satellite-imagery derived glacier surface topographies obtained at intervals of a few years were adjusted and compared. Calculations indicated that 915 km2 of Himalayan glaciers of the test region,...

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2007-01-14 12:45:00

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Thousands of adventurers have been drawn to Mount Everest by the challenge of climbing to the top of the world. Jeff Clapp was drawn by the trash they leave behind. Inspired by a documentary about Everest's rubbish, Clapp traveled to Nepal and brought a load of discarded oxygen bottles back in 2004. He has created a business of transforming those banged-up, aluminum containers into gleaming bells, bowls and ornaments with a goal of inspiring people to do more to clean up...

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2006-07-15 16:00:00

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Sipping black tea on a glacial beach of jagged gray rocks nearly four miles above sea level, the lanky Briton had the air of a jilted lover who didn't want to admit it was over. Twice before, David Sharp had stood on this gravel plain in Mount Everest's shadow. In 2003 and again in 2004, the 34-year-old engineer had made it well into the "Death Zone" above 26,000 feet before weather, frostbite and lack of oxygen had forced him to turn around, just out of sight of the...

2006-06-06 08:41:57

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - British doctors plan to climb Mount Everest to study the impact of low oxygen levels on the body, a project they hope will help critically ill patients. A team of 30 researchers and physicians will monitor the health of 210 trekkers to Everest base camp during the 3-month expedition next year. Thirty doctors will ascend the South Col route and 10 will go to the peak. "Our Everest ascent will involve creating the world's highest medical...

2006-05-28 03:23:33

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has kicked out an Italian mountaineer who entered China without legal documents after climbing Mount Everest from the Nepalese side, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Simone Moro started climbing the world's highest mountain from the south in Nepal on May 20 and reached the Chinese mountaineering camp on the northern slope two days later, Xinhua said, quoting the Tibetan Mountaineering Association. "The camp immediately informed the association of the...


Latest Himalaya Reference Libraries

2012-06-14 12:00:28

Symbol: PSHI2 Group: Lichen Family: Psoraceae Growth Habit: Lichenous Native Status: NA    N Classification:       Kingdom   Fungi – Fungi Division   Ascomycota – Sac fungi Class   Ascomycetes Order   Lecanorales Family   Psoraceae Genus   Psora Hoffm. – fishscale lichen Species   Psora himalayana (Bab.) Timdal – Himalaya fishscale lichen

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2005-07-12 14:38:04

Hydrangea (Hydrangea) is a genus of roughly 100 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia (from Japan to China, the Himalaya and Indonesia) and North and South America. Most are shrubs 1-3 m tall, but some are small trees, and others vines reaching up to 30 m by climbing up trees. They can be either deciduous or evergreen, though the widely cultivated temperate species are all deciduous. Hydrangeas produce flowers from early spring to late autumn; these are carried in...

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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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