Why does Everest make terrifying sounds at night?
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Why does Everest make terrifying sounds at night?

Mount Everest has captivated the imagination of not only climbers, but also scientists and adventurers. However, one of its mysteries managed to elude research for a long time. The mystery we're talking about is that after dark, eerie sounds can be heard from the glaciers surrounding the mountain's summit, adding an alarming dimension to its already formidable reputation.

In 2018 year, a team of researchers led by glaciologist Evgeniy Podolsky from the Arctic Research Center of Hokkaido University set out on a pioneering expedition to the Nepalese Himalayas. Their mission was to solve the mystery of these night sounds. They camped among the majestic Trakarding-Trambau glacier system, which is located about 3 miles above sea level and has a clear view of Everest; the team braved bone-chilling temperatures to conduct their research.

While in the area, Dr. Podolsky and his colleagues encountered a disturbing phenomenon firsthand. Renowned expedition leader Dave Hahn, who has climbed Everest 15 times, has vividly described the disorienting experience of listening to a chaotic symphony of ice and rock cascade into the valley below, presenting a serious obstacle to restful sleep.

Using seismic sensors like those used to measure earthquakes, the researchers carefully collected data on the glacier's vibrations. Their analysis revealed a remarkable correlation between the sharp drop in temperature after sunset and the sound of the ice cracking as it exploded. The study, published in the respected journal Geophysical Research Letters, sheds light on the complex relationship between temperature fluctuations and seismic activity within glaciers.

This groundbreaking study not only deepens our understanding of glacier dynamics, but also sheds light on on the profound impact of climate change on these fragile ecosystems. As global temperatures rise, glaciers in remote regions such as the Himalayas are facing unprecedented challenges. The rapid rate of melting glaciers not only puts local communities at risk of catastrophic flooding, but also threatens the water security of millions of people living downstream.

The Himalayan region is often called the "Third Pole" due to its for its vast reserves of fresh water, it is experiencing accelerated melting of glaciers due to anthropogenic climate change. Dr. Podolsky's work makes an important contribution to understanding the behavior of Himalayan glaciers, providing a basis for efforts to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change on water resources and manage natural disaster risks.

As the urgency of action to combat climate change becomes increasingly evident, the need to conserve these invaluable natural resources is becoming increasingly urgent. Dr. Podolsky's research serves as a poignant reminder of the deep connection between human activity and the fragile ecosystems on which we depend. Only through a concerted global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can we hope to protect the future of our planet and its magnificent glaciers.

Source: timesofindia

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