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.
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. The sequence of images below is a time lapse of the webcam images collected today. You can also view previous days images.
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In order to be sure that the device could withstand the extreme conditions at 5,675 metres above sea level, a particularly hardy webcam was developed by German surveillance company Mobotix. According to the company, the camera is capable of operating at temperatures nearing -22°F, powered during daylight hours via solar panels. In addition to returning some spectacular images of Everest (refreshed every 5 minutes), the monitoring station will also provide researchers with data on the temperature, humidity, and precipitation atop the mountain, reports Slashgear.
As global temperature rise and climate patterns shift as a result of global warming, so often the regions most impacted by the changes are also the hardest to study -- but thanks to advances in monitoring technology, that's beginning to change. For years, an increase in glacial melt and warmer weather has had local communities in Nepal feeling the pinch, so much so that most villagers there say they have seen the effects of climate change first hand. More worrisome yet is the fact that some experts have predicted that glaciers in the Himalayas could vanish altogether by 2035.