Sunday, November 16, 2014

Photos: The Ice of Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier, and the Glacier National Park in Patagonia, Argentina, offers a rare chance to walk across the top of a glacier.  Most glaciers are impressive sights to look at from just below them, but at Perito Moreno they have guides that lead groups on paths they have made right on the glaciers. Obviously care must be taken not to fall into the cracks in the ice.
My husband took this photo of his son and me as we gazed upon the glacier and contemplated what changes would be experienced fo rthe glacier and the planet from global warming and other challenges.
The size of the glacier is put into perspective by this large tour boat in the foreground, which is dwarfed by the facade of the glacier behind it.
From a place called "The Balconies" it is possible to walk on a trail to many view points to watch the facade of the glacier as chunks of ice peel off or calve into the lake.
There are many lakes in the Andean landscape that make Patagonia a scenic destination.  We have visited Patagonia from both the Argentine and Chilian sides, and highly recommend it.

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