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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Patagonia / Perito Moreno glacier starts to fall

Perito Moreno Glacier fallingLast friday, Perito Moreno glacier started to collapse. 3000 tourists are there, waiting to see one of the most sensational events in nature. A block of ice of 60 meters detached from the ice body, and made the spectators scream. Experts believe that the show will last no more than 48 hours.

Located in "Los Glaciares" National Park , in Santa Cruz, it has 30 kilometers of lenght, and 4 of width.

The process is simple: the glacier grows over a nearby lake, and water begins to cumulate against its icy walls. With time, pressure is so big that ice starts to crumble, and that part of the glacier falls over the lake, making a loud roar, that can be heard over big distances.

Images of this event will travel around the world. Last one was in 2004, and before that, in 1988.

It´s exciting to see how the large mass of ice falls apart, and how close to it the spectators are. If you want to know how it feels, look at this video.

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