Answered By: Todd White
Last Updated: Jun 15, 2015     Views: 68

The short answer is "no."

According to the 2005 edition of World Book Encyclopedia, "Geologist believe the temperature at the center of the earth is about 5500 to 9000 F (3000 to 5000 C). The center of the earth is almost hot as the surface of the sun" ("Earth, p. 23).

So, if rocks can melt at 1800 F. (WBE, "Earth," p. 21), they would melt at the temperature of sun (10,000 F. - WBE, "Sun," p. 975) and your question posits the temperature of the base of Mt. Everest to be 10 times as hot as the sun ...

Ergo: Mt. Everest would not exist, or at best, be a puddle, therefore there could be no snow on top of it.

Comments (2)

  1. But what if an asteroid hit the puddle? and splashed it up into the cold air? Wouldn't it snow THEN?
    by Sarah Applegate on Jul 19, 2010.
  2. Things to ponder ... How would the asteroid make it to the Everest puddle without melting in the 100,000 F. heat? The puddle is liquid rock, which doesn't make the best snow ... And water turned from liquid to gas at 212 F., so it might have a tough time turning into snow. Of course, if Mt. Everest was located in Duluth in January, this might be a different story.
    by Todd White on Jul 19, 2010.

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