The Perito Moreno Glacier,Argentina

Traveling to Argentina was one of my plan since 2 years back,I did a lot of research with my friend, so then we decided to visit on fall season, and we made a right choice. I went to State and prepared all the camping and backpacking equipment there…2 weeks before flying to Argentina I spend time in Oregon, Hiking every other day with friend, just to make sure that I will be in good shape when I reach Argentina :) From Oregon with AA we transit in Dallas and wait 2 hours,we took an evening flight, On the way to Argentina,its a bit crazy weather,turbulence non stop I could not close my eyes at all, we flu there about 10 hours, Landed at Buenos Aires in the morning, and the customs was taking forever :)

Anyway we visited few areas in Buenos Aires, very big city really ,the weather was a bit warm, about 30-32 degree Celsius,fell like back in Bali :)

the next day we took  morning flight to El Calefate about 3 hours Journey,I did not know what happening on the flight or see the view on the way cause I fall a sleep since I entered the plane lol. arrived in El Calefate at 9 am,I like the airport, beautiful view around with Lago Argentina next to it,look  very new just build it probably. took a cab to car rental office we paid about 120 pesos,which is not a normal price from the airport to the town. anyway we got a car,then getting a hostel haha..this is become my first experience stay in one room with 5 other people and I dont know any of them :)

El Calefate is nice little town very different with Buenos Aires,its very cold and windy. the weather was nice,blue sky,everywhere with amazing and huge Lenticular  clouds. but the most important thing for me they have some nice food,many choice :)

Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular Clouds

in the afternoon we went to The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park  in the south west of  Santa Cruz Province,Argentina. and It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentina Patagonia. to enter the Glacier we paid 100 peso per person,we drove 1 and 1/2 hours. on the way to Glacier the weather was nice but once you get close to the Glacier storm come and welcome you :)

Moreno Glacier - Argentina

Moreno Glacier – Argentina

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 Moren Glacier is 5 kilometres  wide, with an average height of 74 m  above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino, in Argentina. It has a total ice depth of 170 metres.

Periodically the glacier advances over the L-shaped Argentine Lake forming a natural dam which separates the two halves of the lake when it reaches the opposite shore. With no escape route, the water-level on the Brazo Rico side of the lake can rise by up to 30 meters above the level of the main lake. The enormous pressure produced by the height of the dammed water finally breaks the ice barrier holding it back, in a spectacular rupture event. This dam/rupture cycle is not regular and it recurs naturally at any frequency between once a year to less than once a decade.

The glacier first ruptured in 1917, taking with it an ancient forest of beech trees(Nothofagus Pumulio). The last rupture occurred in March 2 2012, and previously in 2008, 2006, 2004, 1988, 1984, 1980, 1977, 1975, 1972, 1970, 1966, 1963, 1960, 1956, 1953, 1952, 1947, 1940, 1934 and 1917. It ruptures, on average, about every four to five years. As of February 2012, before the March 2 rupture, the glacier dammed the Brazo Rico. The water level there had risen 5.6 meters. (Wikipedia)

The Perito Moreno glacier, located 78 kilometres (48 mi) from  El Calefate, 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.

Storm over the Glacier

Storm over the Glacier

I used too watch on National Geographic  or documentary  program,seing big ice fall off and make such a noise,but that day I witness it…I can just say WoW what a magic place,its just amazing ! we spend all sunset there even there was no light at all,I did not take many pictures cause I was too busy watching the ice break and fall.

the next day we off to Chile.

PS : grammar check ASAP

7 Comments
  1. You made it Nad, proud of you, I wish one day to visit Argentina too.
    Your photos are amazing, Keep up the good work and spirit.

    Regards.
    Nathalie Stravers

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  5. Pressures from the weight of the ice slowly pushes the glacier over the southern arm (“Brazo Rico”) of “Lago Argentino” (“Lake Argentina”) damming the section and separating it from the rest of the lake. With no outlet, the water-level on the “Brazo Rico” side of the lake can rise by as much as 30 meters above the level of the main body of Lake Argentina. Periodically, the pressure produced by the height of the dammed water breaks through the ice barrier causing a spectacular rupture, sending a massive outpouring of water from the Brazo Rico section to the main body of Lake Argentina.

  6. Ice splashes into the lake. Atop the photo, you can see a white dot, a piece of ice flung hundreds of feet in the air.

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