SPECIAL EDITION: Unearth the Mysteries of Mount Everest

All you need to know about the Earth's highest mountain and its dark secrets.  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌    ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  
 
EXPLORE THE MYSTERIES HIDING HIGH IN THE HIMALAYAS VIEW ONLINE
In this Special Edition:
Who reached the summit first? What is the region’s most elusive creature? How do you solve a life-threatening problem? There are quite a few unanswered questions hiding high in the Himalayas. National Geographic goes the extra mile to fully explore the mountain in hopes of finding the answers.
Marine life in a kelp forest on Cortes Bank, California. Kelp forests are suffering from warming oceans and out-of-balance ecosystems.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK FISHER
Tonight at 10/9c, watch Expedition Everest
Go behind-the-scenes as a team of elite scientists, climbers, and storytellers trek up the world’s highest peak to conduct trailblazing climate research as part of the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition.
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A rare blue-eyed coyote in Point Reyes National Seashore, one of at least five in the area.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC DAFT
Inside the Everest expedition that built the world’s highest weather station
Sherpas and scientists faced extreme weather and record crowds as they struggled to install a crucial network of weather stations.
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RETREATING GLACIERS
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ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN BY CIRIL JAZBEC
What do you do when the snows you depend on are melting too quickly?
The Indian region of Ladakh is suffering from the effects of climate change. On an episode of Overheard at National Geographic, a mechanical engineer creates artificial glaciers in the region, giving desperate farmers water when they need it the most.
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PHOTOGRAPH BY BRENDAN HOFFMAN

As global warming shrinks glaciers in the Himalayas, a crisis over water looms
Some 270 million people depend on the Indus River. Yet, that water comes mostly from retreating glaciers in the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush.
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MAP CREATED BY RYAN MORRIS, IRENE BERMAN-VAPORIS, MATTHEW W. CHWASTYK, ERIK KNIGHT, AND JASON TREAT
The headwaters of 10 major rivers come from Earth’s highest points
The land of Mount Everest and other peaks holds the largest concentration of perennial ice outside of the polar regions. This ice provides water, food, and energy to nearly two billion people.
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MYSTERY ON EVEREST
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Fueled by snacks, energy drinks, and diet soda, students from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University develop ideas for an augmented reality app for photographers during a hackathon in Santa Clara.
PHOTOGRAPH BY RENAN OZTURK
Nearly a century ago, Sandy Irvine and his climbing partner vanished on Everest
Did they make it to the top? Irvine’s steps are retraced to try to find his body—as well as his camera that could rewrite the story of the mountain.
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Dappled by leafy shade, saber-tooth cats feast on a forest herbivore while dire wolves chase bison in the open grassland of Pleistocene California.
Tonight at 9/8c, watch Lost on Everest
Join us as we investigate one of exploration’s most perplexing mysteries: What happened to Andrew “Sandy” Irvine and George Leigh Mallory, who disappeared on June 8, 1924, while attempting the first summit of Everest?
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Malibu Mayor and firefighter Rick Mullen surveys a burning house in Malibu as the Woolsey Fire approaches the town in November 2018.
PHOTOGRAPH BY PRASENJEET YADAV
Conservation efforts have boosted snow leopard sightings in the Himalayas
The region is arguably now the snow leopard capital of India, with tourists clamoring to make the trip to the remote village of Kibber.

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CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF
EVEREST'S MYSTERIES?
Watch a live recording and Q&A of LOST ON EVEREST, with an exclusive conversation about exploring the world's highest peak.
Moderated by Peter Gwin, National Geographic Magazine Editor at Large and host of National Geographic's Overheard podcast.
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