Visit mount Everest through 2-billion-pixel image

Thursday, 20 December 2012 - 4:33pm IST | Place: London | Agency: ANI
The 477 individual images that make up the gigapixel image of the Khumbu glacier were captured by David Breashears during the spring of 2012, from the Pumori viewpoint near Mount Everest.

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A climber and filmmaker has created a stunning mosaic of images to show the effect of climate change on the area surrounding Mount Everest.

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The 477 individual images that make up the gigapixel image of the Khumbu glacier were captured by David Breashears during the spring of 2012, from the Pumori viewpoint near Mount Everest.

“The Khumbu Icefall is clearly visible here, and one can easily see the hustle and bustle of Everest Base Camp below,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

The incredible image is made up of 477 images taken with a 300-millimeter lens.

Breashears and his team stitched them together to create one massive image that users can zoom in and out of.

“It’s just extraordinary and we’re so excited by that image, and people love clicking on things and zooming in,” he said.

“We want to tell the bigger story of climate change in the area, and we are working with Microsoft and the Royal Geographical Society on this.

“Just 1/100th of our imagery is on the site, and the storytelling possibilities are incredible - people love to move things.

“It started out as a simple concept, and every time we visit we find out more - this is not even the tip of the iceberg, we want to take people all over the mountain with 120,000 pictures from a helicopter in the region.

“We are building this with Microsoft, and we could soon be able to combine the old and new pictures so people can virtually ‘swipe’ images to see how they looked in the past,” he added.




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