2 Billion Pixel Image of Mount Everest Documents Climate Change
The stunning image is made up of 477 photographs stitched together
Filmmaker David Breashers spent this year's spring taking pictures of the Khumbu glacier between Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, and ended up putting together a 2 billion pixel image that shows how climate change is reshaping the landscape in this part of the world.The best thing about this image is that one can zoom in and out of it, and move about the landscape as if one is truly there.
“Our high-resolution gigapixel photography enables viewers to experience the glaciers as never before: up-close and with extreme precision,” reads Glacier Works' Facebook page.
“Using our online tools, it is possible to soar thousands of feet above a glacier and view it in its entirety, or zoom down to the ground and explore pebbles embedded in the ice,” they go on to add.
Apparently, people are quite excited about having been given the opportunity to visit Mount Everest and the Khumbu glacier without their actually having to pack their bags and go hiking, Daily Mail reports.
This filmmaker and his team are now working with Microsoft and the Royal Geographical Society, and they hope that soon enough they will be able to introduce the general public to an even larger and more detailed image of the area.
As well as this, they want to make it possible for people to compare and contrast what both the Khumbu glacier and Mount Everest used to look like, and what they look like now.
“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,” David Breshers says.
Furthermore, “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.”
The image is made available for one to explore and toy with here.