Perito Moreno Glacier

Glacier located in the Argentina's Andes

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Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia Argentina Luca Galuzzi 2005.JPG
The terminus of the glacier in Lago Argentino
Map showing the location of Perito Moreno Glacier
Map showing the location of Perito Moreno Glacier
Coordinates50°30′S 73°08′W / 50.500°S 73.133°W / -50.500; -73.133Coordinates: 50°30′S 73°08′W / 50.500°S 73.133°W / -50.500; -73.133
Area250 km2 (97 sq mi)
Length30 km (19 mi)
Width5 km (3 mi)
Thickness170 m (560 ft)
TerminusLago Argentino
StatusAdvancing
Aerial view of the glacier, taken two weeks before the 2004 rupture

The Perito Moreno Glacier (Spanish: Glaciar Perito Moreno) is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentinian Patagonia.

The 250 km2 (97 sq mi) ice formation, 30 km (19 mi) in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This ice field is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water.

The Perito Moreno Glacier, located 78 kilometres (48 mi) from El Calafate, was named after the explorer Francisco Moreno, a pioneer who studied the region in the 19th century and played a major role in defending the territory of Argentina in the conflict surrounding the international border dispute with Chile.


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