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that's a lot of ice

Posted by
Ryan (Vancouver, Canada) on 15 November 2007 in Plant & Nature.

Perito Moreno Glacier. Say the name to any Argentine and an image of a huge wall of ice immediately springs to mind. It's plastered all over ads for Patagonia, and for good reason - there aren't may more memorable things than 60 metres of ice rising right out of the water (that's the equivalent of a 15-storey building).

It's one of two non-receding glaciers left in the world (the other is on the Chilean side of the border), advancing about 2 metres a day (though about that much falls off the front, so it's just kind of sitting there). We saw a few spectacular breaks. They say it sounds like thunder, though it sounds more to me like a giant's bones breaking. We had a perfect day, too - the guide kept saying there are about 20 days like this in the year.

If you look closely, you can see the people on the top of the boat. Gives a bit of scale.

Canon EOS 350D 1/80 second F/13.0 ISO 100 80 mm

Canon EOS 350D
1/80 second
F/13.0
ISO 100
80 mm

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