The Death Zone (2021)

Exploring the use of interactive map 'Google Earth' . Which visual information can Google Earth provide us with - for those places that are (for most of us) far beyond our physical limits? To which extent do these images contribute to the viewers experience?


The Death Zone

'Adaption' is the key to survival. In high altitude your body needs to adjust to height (due to low oxygen level). But there are limitations. Above about 6000 meters your body no longer fully acclimatizes (and above 7000 meters probably not at all). That's what climbers and scientist refer to as the 'The Death zone': if you stay there for more than a few weeks, you'll probably won't survive. Symptoms: headache, troubles with body coordination, loss of physical energy, shortness of breath,

Google Earth

Google Earth is a computer program, that renders a 3D representation of Earth based primarily on satellite imagery. The program maps the Earth by superimposing satellite images, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see cities and landscapes from various angles. Users can explore the globe by entering addresses and coordinates, or by using a keyboard or mouse.

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Mera peak - 6461m -  one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal. Though the altitude of the Mera peak is low - and so is its fatality rate - it is as complicated as mountains above 8000 meters. I tried to reach the summit of Mera peak, but failed due to high altitude sickness. 







Mt. K2 - 8611m - the second highest peak on earth. But technically the most difficult of all mountains to climb. Due to its steepness, unpredictable weather and avalanches. K2 has a fatality rate of 29%.

"The Summit We All Want To Explore". Mt. Everest - 8849m - the highest peak on earth. Technically not the most challenging peak. But due to the height and high popularity (extremely crowded) makes it very challenging to climb. Fatality rate: 1%.