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Perito Moreno Glacier | Santa Cruz, Argentina

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Argentina
50° 28' 38.4348" S, 73° 4' 2.3592" W
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Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier - Photo: Rodrigo SEPÚLVEDA SCHULZ

The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz province, Argentina. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia. The 97 sq mi (250 km2) ice formation, and 19 mi (30 km) in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This icefield is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water.

The Perito Moreno Glacier, located 48 mi (78 km) from El Calafate, was named after the explorer Francisco Moreno, a pioneer who studied the region in the 19th century and played a major role in defending the territory of Argentina in the conflict surrounding the international border dispute with Chile.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is growing. The reason remains debated by glaciologists. The terminus of the Perito Moreno Glacier is 3 mi (5 km) wide, with an average height of 243 ft (74 m) above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino, in Argentina. It has a total ice depth of 558 ft (170 m).

More infos: Wikipedia

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier - Photo: Robert O'Duill

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier - Photo: Robert O'Duill

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier - Photo: Peter

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier - Photo: fatb0yr0y

SUBMITTED ON 04.26.2014.