ペリト・モレノ氷河Glaciar Perito Moreno

Photo: © <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanenhaus/ target=new>Tokyo Tanenhaus</a>

Photo: © Tokyo Tanenhaus

One of the most impressive natural wonders in Argentina is the Perito Moreno Glacier, located within the National Park Los Glaciares (The Glaciers), which was created in 1937 in the province of Santa Cruz世界遺産にも登録されているロス・グラシアレス国立公園にある「ペリト・モレノ氷河」は、アルゼンチン国内でも最も感銘深い自然の驚異の一つとして知られており、また公園内でも一番の名所となっている。





Text: Celeste Najt
Translation: Yuki Mine
. The National Park comprises a total of 356 glaciers in its 724,000 hectares.

The name of the Glacier pays homage to Francisco Moreno, an important explorer of the area and the creator of the Argentine Scientific Society. The dimensions of this impressive ‘frozen’ piece are 5 kilometres long by 60 metres high.

This glacier shows an amazing peculiar phenomenon: its huge ice mass is continually moving forward, causing the accumulation, breakage and detachment of gigantic ice pieces from its front, which is situated over the Ice Floes Channel, where the many ice fragments of the glacier sail.

This phenomenon causes a rise in the water level in Lago Agentino (Argentine Lake) thus creating a difference of levels of almost 20m. The great pressure on the glacier causes leaks and ends by fracturing it, undermining it, and finally breaking it. The gradual breaking and later levelling of the waters is a unique and really moving sight that takes place every 3 or 4 years and is witnessed by thousands of people from all over the world. The atmosphere in the glacier is reminiscent of a science-fiction movie, extreme cold and absolute silence — except for the noises created by the movements of the glacier itself. Doubtless, this is one of the most impressive trips in Argentina.

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
From Buenos Aires: NR N°3, following the seaside of Mar Argentino, visiting major cities as Bahía Blanca, Trelew o Comodoro Rivadavia. Getting to Comandante Luis Piedra Buena, in Santa Cruz, you can choose to take NR N°288 (grave), which crosses the desert of patagonian steppe up to NR N° 40 (grave). From there on it follows the North-South direction towards Lago Argentino and finally PR N° 11, which ends in the National Park after crossing El Calafate.

Text: Celeste Najt

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