In a groundbreaking expedition, dozens of scientists converge to investigate what secrets the world’s highest peak has to tell us about our changing climate. Geologists brave icy waters on inflatable rafts for lake core samples, biologists reveal how high-elevation species are adapting to warming temperatures, state-of-the-art lidar scanning maps the Khumbu Glacier like never before, and a team of Sherpa and climate scientists climb straight into the “death zone” at 8,000 meters to install the world’s highest weather station. In this hour, adventure footage from the field combines with personal interviews with key scientists, Sherpa, and expedition leaders to reveal what’s at stake, the hope and expectation of new science, and what drives each to risk their lives to discover what Everest can teach us.
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