Photographer's Note

This photo was taken as part of our Chile (and Argentina) trip in April 2007.
When we came to the glacier we took a trip on the boat. As we aproached the face of the glacier the sun broke through and shone on the ice while behind it clouds obscured the mountains.
This photo shows well the varied structure of the ice, the deep colours and the imense size of the glacier face.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia.
The 250 km ice formation, of 30 km in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This icefield is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that are not retreating.

The terminus of the Perito Moreno Glacier is 5 km wide, with an average height of 60 meters above the surface of the water, with a total ice depth of 170 meters. It advances at a speed of up to 2 m per day (around 700 m per year), although it loses mass at approximately the same rate, meaning that aside from small variations, its terminus has not advanced or receded in the past 90 years. At its deepest part, the glacier has a depth of approximately 700 m.

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