Thursday, February 7, 2013

Perito Moreno Glacier - Argentina

At the beginning of January Jusseli visited Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and she sent this Perito Moreno Glacier card from there.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1981 by Unesco, Los Glaciares National Park has 47 massive glaciers, among them is the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier, whose front is 5 km's long. This glacier, which slides at a speed of 100 meters per year, towers to 60 or 70 meters high, and its surface covers 200 square km's. Because it locks up the waters of lakes Viedma and Argentino, the pressure exerted on the glacier causes extensive masses of ice to break off from its walls. Due to global heating of the atmosphere, the glacier is retreating, as are all the other glaciers of the park.

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