Mount Everest glaciers are melting. And it's exposing the bodies of dead climbers

Brett Molina
Mount Everest glaciers are melting. And it's exposing the bodies of dead climbers

Not even Mount Everest appears immune to global warming. And a new concern has emerged as a result of glacial melting: exposed bodies.

Melting ice and snow on Everest caused by higher temperatures is revealing the bodies of dead climbers, CNN reported. 

Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told CNN that climbers are finding the bodies as a result of climate change, because "snow and glaciers are fast-melting."

Bodies are being removed from the Chinese side of Everest as the spring climbing season is about to begin, BBC reported.

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The Expedition Operators Association of Nepal told BBC that removing the bodies has been difficult because of a law requiring the involvement of government agencies.

Mount Everest peeks through the clouds in this Sept.

CNN reported more than 200 people have died on Everest's peak since 1922.

"This issue needs to be prioritized by both the government and the mountaineering industry," Dambar Parajuli, president of the expedition operators association, told BBC.

Removing the bodies also is expensive. According to a 2016 report from The Washington Post, it can cost $30,000 to $70,000 to retrieve a body from the mountain.

Most deaths on Everest occur in the "death zone," a portion of the mountain above 26,000 feet, the Post reported.

A report released in February spells out fears of glacial melting in the Himalayas. The report from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development says that if global warming continues, two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2100 and that the melting ice could cause major floods and destroy crops.

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