The Mt. Everest photo (Photo: David Breashears)David Breashears has released a stunning picture of Mount Everest to show effect of climate change on the world's highest peak. It is over 3,8 million pixels and stitched together from 477 photographs.

The photo can bee seen below and is also available here.

Filmmaker David Breashears and nonprofit organization GlacierWorks worked on the project together and he is now working with Microsoft on an even more detailed version.

This version allows users to zoom in and also show before and after pictures from the area since 1921.

"It's just extraordinary and we're so excited by that image, and people love clicking on things and zooming in," he said.

"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."

The team eventually hope to develop a far larger version of the image so detailed users can actually zoom inside tents at base camp.

"Just 1/100th of our imagery is on the site, and the storytelling possibilities are incredible - people love to move things," said Breashears, who has climbed Everest five times.

"It started out as a simple concept, and every time we visit we find out more - this is not even the tip of the iceberg, we want to take people all over the mountain with 120,000 pictures from a helicopter in the region. 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."


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