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The impact of global warming on Mount Everest.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20039819     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Global warming impacts a wide range of human activities and ecosystems. One unanticipated consequence of the warming is an increase in barometric pressure throughout the troposphere. Mount Everest's extreme height and resulting low barometric pressure places humans near its summit in an extreme state of hypoxia. Here we quantify the degree with which this warming is increasing the barometric pressure near Everest's summit and argue that it is of such a magnitude as to make the mountain, over time, easier to climb.
Authors:
G W K Moore; John L Semple
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  High altitude medicine & biology     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1557-8682     ISO Abbreviation:  High Alt. Med. Biol.     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-30     Completed Date:  2010-03-15     Revised Date:  2010-04-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100901183     Medline TA:  High Alt Med Biol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  383-5     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. gwk.moore@utoronto.ca
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Atmospheric Pressure*
Global Warming*
Humans
Mountaineering*
Oxygen Consumption

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