Monday, February 6, 2017

Glaciar Perito Moreno, 1

On Sunday February 5 we took the bus out to Parque Nacional de los Glaciares again, this time the southern unit, to the Perito Moreno Glacier, not Argentina's largest, but certainly its most accessible. Watching something move at glacial pace may not sound all that exciting, but the Perito Moreno glacier is a sprinter, moving at up to 2m per day. It is not receding, like most of the world's great glaciers, and all this means the chief thing to watch is the calving, which is frequent and totally exhilarating, especially closer up. That and the enormity of the thing. Talk about sublime.... I'll place links to videos on YouTube in the next post.
Extraterrestrial alien view from outer space

Closer up; Perito Moreno frequently dams the lake at the
right; the dam eventually breaks, spectacularly

En route to the Parque; the glacier is at the head of Lago
Argentino, one of Argentina's largest

At the Parque entrance, rangers come aboard the bus to collect
entrance fees

First view of the Perito Moreno Glaciar

Dos and don'ts; the main thing is stay on the very extensive
catwalk now in place; more than 30 people died, getting too
close to the ice, in the 20 years before it was completed

5k across

70m high, from the lake; think: 20 story building

Among the icebergs floating around the lake

Mount Perito Moreno on the left; an important figure in
Argentine history; naturalist, explorer, statesman; in addition
to the glacier and mountain, there are also a national park and
a city named for him; and probably no village so humble that
it doesn't have a Perito Moreno street

Colors, crevasses, incredible sound; the catwalk takes you
within a few hundred feet

Ample signage; and in English too

Rounding a corner, looking toward the smaller lake that gets
dammed now and then

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