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Peak moments on Mount Qomolangma

Updated: 2022-05-21 09:24 ( CHINA DAILY )
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Dechen Ngodrup, head of the squad who leads the 13-member team to the summit of Mount Qomolangma, poses for a photo on May 4. SONAM DORJE/XINHUA

Chinese scientific researchers on May 4 established an automatic meteorological monitoring station at an altitude of over 8,800 meters, making it the world's highest of its kind, on Mount Qomolangma, known in the West as Mount Everest, on the China-Nepal border.

It has replaced the station sitting at an altitude of 8,430 meters on the south side of the mountain, set up by British and US scientists in 2019, to become the world's highest, according to the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Including the new weather station, eight elevation gradient meteorological stations have been set up on Mount Qomolangma-one of the main tasks in China's new comprehensive scientific expedition on the world's highest peak at a height of 8,848.86 meters.

Zhao Huabiao, a researcher with the ITP, says the monitored meteorological data will support scientific research and mountaineering activities.

On May 4, 13 members of the expedition team reached the summit of Mount Qomolangma. At the summit, the squad measured the thickness of the ice and snow using high-accuracy radar for the first time, and collected samples for further research.

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