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Event Details

Glacier Melting event report

Category: Glacier Melting
Observation: 08.07.2008
Continent: South-America
Country: Argentina
State: Santa Cruz province
Area: Perito Moreno glacier - Los Glaciares National Park
Severity: Moderate
Event details
A huge ice dam on Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier will break apart for the first time in the southern hemisphere winter, likely as a result of global warming, scientists and environmentalists said Monday. The 60-meter (yard) high wall of ice holding back a portion of Lake Argentina breaks apart spectacularly in cycles of one year to several years, but always in summer, and is one of Patagonia's top tourist attractions. "This is the first time the glacier breaks up in winter. It could be related to global warming as rising temperatures affects ice friction," said Los Glaciares National Park director Carlos Corvalan. The Perito Moreno glacier, one of the world's largest, measuring 275 square kilometers (106 square miles) and five kilometers (three miles) wide at its mouth, is located 2,800 kilometers (1,740 miles) southeast of Buenos Aires.
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