Glaciar Perito Moreno

Glaciar Perito Moreno
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Argentina · Glaciar Perito Moreno

The Perito Moreno Glacier (Spanish: Glaciar Perito Moreno) 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 Argentinian Patagonia.

The Perito Moreno glacier is considered the 8th wonder of the world because of the spectacular view it offers. It is one of the many glaciers that form the Los Glaciares National Park. All form the Patagonian Continental Ice (17000 kilometers long) which is one of the most drinking water supplies in the world. Is that 90% of the world’s freshwater is found in glacial areas and after Antarctica and Greenland, is this region of Argentina.

The imposing mass of ice surrounded by endless forests and mountains is a spectacle that few want to miss. In fact, this place is, along with Puerto Madryn (Chubut) and Iguazu (Misiones), one of the most visited places in the country by foreigners and Argentinian tourism.

A halo of infinite peace on the wilderness, makes it very attractive for those who want to enjoy the fresh air and the sound of silence. Sound that disrupts only the movement of the glacier, which constantly gives the lake Argentino huge blocks of ice. These when detach from the socket ablation, fall into the Icebergs Channel producing a deep, shuddering noise.

The glacier is unusual in that it is advancing, while most glaciers worldwide are retreating. The reason remains debated by glaciologists.