Perito Moreno Glacier~

Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate, Patagonia
Perito Moreno Glacier : credit:

This is a most spectacular glacier in the world. It is located in the Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina. The place is about 80 kilometres off El Calafate, an hour  half journey by bus ( patagonia, 2016).

The ice formation which measures 250 square kilometres, 30 kilometres in length, is Argentina’s most famous glacier. It is one of the 48 glaciers in the Patagonia Ice Field, even amazing is the fact that it is the world’s 3rd largest fresh water reserve ( sevennaturalwonders, 2016).

It is named after famous explorer Francisco Moreno, who studied the region in the 19th century and helped to defend Argentina on the international border dispute with Chile ( sevennaturalwonders, 2016).

The most wonderful sight at the glacier is when it ruptures.  Pressures from the weight of the ice slowly pushes the glacier over the southern tip of Lake Argentina, damming the section and separating it from the rest of the lake. With no outlet, the water-level on the dammed side of the lake can rise by as much as 30 meters above the level of the main body of Lake Argentina. This eventually causes rupture and the huge block of ice tumbles down on the lake. It ruptures averagely every 4,5 years. The last rupture occured on March,2012 ( efe, 2016).

There are two trekking options available for fervent visitors. The ‘mini trekking’ which is a short hour and a half walk, and ‘big ice’ which is five hours ( sevennaturalwonders, 2016).

Below is a beautiful rupture info video. Enjoy!

 

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