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https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-17-2625-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-17-2625-2023
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06 Jul 2023
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Brief communication: How deep is the snow on Mount Everest?

Wei Yang, Huabiao Zhao, Baiqing Xu, Jiule Li, Weicai Wang, Guangjian Wu, Zhongyan Wang, and Tandong Yao

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This manuscript describes a very unique set of measurements made in extreme conditions at the summit of Mount Everest. This accomplishment provides a new perspective on snow conditions at an iconic location, and will be of broad public interest.
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There is very strong scientific and public interest regarding the snow thickness on Mountain Everest. Previously reported snow depths derived by different methods and instruments ranged from 0.92 to 3.5 m. Our measurements in 2022 provide the first clear radar image of the snowpack at the top of Mount Everest. The snow thickness at Earth's summit was averaged to be 9.5 ± 1.2 m. This updated snow thickness is considerably deeper than values reported during the past 5 decades.