Posted by: gypsytales | January 27, 2010

The Most Spectular Thing I’ve Ever Seen

Glacier Perito Moreno 

Unless you are standing in front of a glacier and looking at it with your own eyes, no words nor pictures can possibly describe the experience.  This had to be one of the most spectacular sightings I have ever seen.

north face of Perito Moreno Glacier

About 80km from El Calafate is Los Glaciares National Park and Reserve.  This expansive park covers an area of 600,000 hectares in the South West Province of Santa Cruz.  In 1981, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site.

spectacular shapes and colours

 

We took the public bus to the park on Monday afternoon to see Perito Moreno an impressive glacier, 30km long with a surface area of 195 km².  The front wall of the glacier measures 4-5 km in length and rises 60 metres above the lake surface. 

Lake Argentino, largest lake in Argentina

 

A phenomenon, known as Glacier Rupture, occurs at irregular intervals.  This is when the front wall of the glacier detaches itself from the main body of the glacier and crashes down into the water below with an astonishing display of power.

we couldn't believe our eyes

 

I can honestly say that I stood in awe.  One had to be there to capture the atmosphere and the sounds.  It was almost as if the glacier was alive.  The ice moaned with movement and powerful noises like the crack of a rifle sent excitement through the air in the hope that you might be the lucky one to see the Glacial Rupture.  Small pieces do fall every now and then but the last huge rupture was on 9th July 2008.

 

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