In today’s geoadvent blog post, GSL Policy Officer Flo Bullough reports from a glacier!
I’ve turned roving reporter for this year’s advent calendar and will be reporting on some of the geological features of Argentina and Chile!
I spent one day in early December at the incredible Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. The glacier sits in a UNESCO World Heritage Site right in the very south of Argentinian Patagonia and is part of a suite of glaciers fed by the South Patagonian Ice Field. The ice field is an extensive relict of the glaciological processes from the Quaternary period and is very important for climate change research.
The site sits within the utterly beautiful remote Patagonian Andes which is more broadly known for its granite peaks and ridges that have been heavily shaped by glacial processes.
Some interesting facts about the glacier:
- It is 30km long
- The ice field as a whole is the third largest source of fresh water on the planet
- it is one of the few glaciers on the planet that is not retreating
- The ice regularly ruptures with large pieces falling into the glacial lake.
Geoadvent challenge update!
Well done to those who have correctly guessed the plate tectonic stories associated with our advent windows so far! Yesterday’s window was, of course, the beautiful Cwm Idwal. And since we neglected to mention it yesterday, door 7 was The Lizard in Cornwall!
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