The 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest has special significance for us as New Zealanders.

To celebrate the historic ascent, Internet Explorer has teamed up with Mountaineer and filmmaker David Breashears and his foundation GlacierWorks to launch Everest: Rivers of Ice. This immersive, exploration platform allows visitors to travel the peaks and valleys of the Everest region through sweeping multi-touch HTML5 panoramas and interactive features that brings the area to life and, most importantly, highlights the dramatic changes to the area’s surrounding glaciers.

While much of Microsoft’s work to address climate change has focused on using IT to advance energy efficiency and reducing our own carbon footprint, we recognize that technologies like Internet Explorer can also be used to help tell the story of how climate change is altering the face of the planet.

The touch-friendly features of the site provide a highly intuitive way to explore the Everest region and illustrate the impact of climate change on the surrounding area.

You can read more about Everest: Rivers of Ice over on the Microsoft Green Blog.