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Old 05-17-2019, 09:09 PM
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If we just blow up the mountain, or reduce it to rubble - don't we just have a pile of (smaller) rocks basically the same size as when we started?
We could use the rubble to fill that huge godawful canyon out west. Put that real estate to use.
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Because destabilizing a 200 trillion kg mountain to the point that it collapses is a bad idea.
And the rest of this is such a good idea?

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Looks like there were 800 summits last year, so let's assume 1000 is an achievable goal. Convince each of them to carry 10kg down with them, and you should be there in about a billion years.
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Wouldn't erosion do the job before then?
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Build several nuclear reactors to power a giant fricken laser beam.
This seems beyond the ability of the common super rich person. Also the laser could maybe vaporize the rock which would recondense and rain out, so just making it a pile of rock drops.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:40 AM
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I was going to say, this sounds like a problem for XKCD's What If?
Sadly, the "What If?" column has been moribund for almost 2 years. I guess there just isn't the big money anymore in the "Ask the web genius." business.
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And the rest of this is such a good idea?
I'm willing to put my stamp on "very slightly less terrible".

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Wouldn't erosion do the job before then?
Maybe? Depends on what the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates do?
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:29 PM
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No need to show my math because you could never understand it, but the answer is: 42.
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:53 PM
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I am afraid you got it all wrong, the best, probably the only way to solve this problem is to paint Everest pink and use a Somebody Else's Problem-field as shown by Douglas Adams with precisely the same example: taking away a mountain.
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Just convince Vladimir Putin that Everest is valuable and he'll steal it.
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You would likely use very long conveyor belts, uses far fewer trucks and roads, and additionally you dont need a road up the outside -

Build access to the higher levels with tunnels - so no worry about the weather, which is the main cause of death on Everest. The tunnels can go to the outside eventually but it would be easier to cut away most of the rock from the inside. It would also enable 24 hour working.
Not only that -- we start by taking rock downhill -- it's self powering.
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:29 PM
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Just convince Vladimir Putin that Everest is valuable and he'll steal it.

Putin, or Zhu.
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If funds are unlimited, how about boosting NASA's funding, setting up some mass drivers, and bombarding it from orbit?

It's the only way to be sure.
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"Manny, I don't think we should hit that mountain again."
"Why not, Mike?"
"Because it's not there any more."
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"Manny, I don't think we should hit that mountain again."
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:06 AM
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Unlimited funds, and you want to level "Mt. Everest"?
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With enough bribes, we can have international renaming of one mountain, and one salt flat.
Should take less than a month.

Then Mt. Everest can be used for land speed records, and climbers can ascend the Bonneville Flats.
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Based on the average size of the Escondida Copper Mine, Chuquicamata Copper Mine, Hull-Rust-Mahoning Mine and Kalgoorlie Super Pit. It looks like we can make a 1.54 cubic mile open pit mine in about 100 years. The estimate I saw for Mt Everest was 365 cubic miles so we would need to open 236 of the largest open pit mine operations and give them 100 years. I saw a report on the Bingham Canyon Mine that it had an annual revenue of 1.8 billion, and it's based in the U.S and so follows U.S. safety standards. I figure between 10 and 20% of the 1.8 billion is profit so an annual operating cost of 1.5 billion for a large open pit mining operation seems reasonable. So 236 mining operations, 100 years at 1.5 billion per year is 35.4 trillion.
That's just moving rock, the biggest of the already huge assumptions is that the efficiencies in operation and new technology would cancel the harsh operational and environmental issues.
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This is a Lex Luthor plot ("Superman"): the OP is secretly buying up the other Himalayans in the vicinity, then--when Chomolungma is gone--will have the monopoly on hikers needing peaks to climb.

"Otisberg?"

"Miss Teschmacher... she's got her own place." [indicates "Teschmacher Peaks"]

"Otisberg?"

"It's a little bitty place."

"OTISBERG?"

"Okay, I'll just wipe it off."
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:59 AM
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What about posting a sign that reads, "NEED FILL? TAKE THIS HILL."
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You don't take it from the top down and you don't remove it from the bottom up and you don't drop bombs on it. You drill and shoot controlled explosions to create multiple huge networks of terraces and ramps.
Boooooooooooooring!

I ...... WANT ...... BOMBSIES!!
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Well I guess it's fortunate for us that Everest sits on the border between Nepal and China.

I was just thinking the same thing; Everest is on the other side of the world and OSHA has no authority there.
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Boooooooooooooring!

I ...... WANT ...... BOMBSIES!!
Sigh. Fine Mr President. Isn't it time for ... Fox and Friends?

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Old 05-22-2019, 11:05 AM
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Sigh. Fine Mr President. Isn't it time for ... Fox and Friends?

Oooooh! Thanks for reminding me!
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Just Asking Questions, this is not a political thread (if it were, it'd be in Great Debates or one of the other political forums). I'm going to charitably assume that your response to Jasmine's post was a pop culture reference of some sort, and thus stop just short of a Warning. But it still wasn't appropriate for this forum.
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Bringing the mountain down is a trivial exercise: just bore holes and load them with nukes.
That would be so awesome. I really, really need to see a realistic CGI depiction of this.
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Putin, or Zhu.
Convince them that Mt Everest is an aphrodisiac, and it will be gone within a year.

I propose a more efficient solution - we simply Photoshop Mt Everest out of the picture, and replace it with a nice flat field.
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