The phenomenon is caused by the pressure of water above the ice dam begins to crack to form a gap that weakens
BUENOS AIRES, March 2. – The stunning Perito Moreno Glacier in southern Argentina, has begun the process to its cyclic rupture, a show that attracts thousands of tourists, official sources confirmed today.
The ice dam that separates the Rico and the Canal arm of Lake Argentino Icebergs began tracking leaks on Wednesday and is expected in the coming days will produce its thunderous break. Media reports began to settle on the runways of Los Glaciares National Park in the southern Santa Cruz province, where the glacier can be seen waiting for the big show.
Sources of the Secretariat of Tourism of Santa Cruz told Efe that while the rupture process began Wednesday, and visitors began to arrive to the area and greater influx is expected in the coming days.
The director of the Los Glaciares National Park, Carlos Corvalan, told local press that the rupture could occur between Saturday and Sunday and reported that the reserve will be open for a extended hours. The phenomenon is caused by the pressure of water above the ice dam, which begins to crack to form an arch-shaped hole that ends up weakening and collapse.
The last rupture occurred in 1988, 2004, 2006 and 2008. For the imminent rupture is expected that the number of visitors to Glacier National Park, in the summer season is usually around 2,500 people per day, double this weekend.
The Perito Moreno, about 200 square kilometers extension is located on the Andes, the natural boundary between Argentina and Chile, and is one of the few in the world that is stable without flinching as a result of global warming. The front of the glacier is about 2.8 kilometers long and has a height of 70 meters above water level of the lake, although the ice wall reaches his bed.
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