Hoping to gain insight into climate change, international researchers, with the help of surveillance experts Mobotix, have installed a solar-powered webcam in the Nepalese Himalayas to capture images of the top of Mount Everest. That's right. Mountains are shooting movies now.
The webcam is powered by solar cells and is situated on the Kala Patthar mountain at a height of 18,514 feet, as it gives one of the best vantage points of Everest in the world. Thankfully not of its "Death Zone", though. While enduring sub-zero temperatures and high winds, the camera will stream images between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nepalese time down to the Ev-K2-CNR Pyramid Laboratory/Observatory nearly 2,000 feet below. From there, the photos will be sent back to Italy for further study. But you can keep up with the stream here.
The hope is that the camera feed will work in conjunction with Everest's very own weather station to give clues about global climate change. But if you want to see real-time images of Mt. Everest without having to go there, well, that's fine, too. [Ev-K2-CNR via Gizmag]