Nature Showcases Sheer Power When Glacier Dam Ruptures In Argentina

ViralVideoUKPublished: October 17, 2017Updated: October 18, 20171,515 views
Published: October 17, 2017Updated: October 18, 2017

That was intense!

This video shows the rupture of the glacier Perito Moreno in Argentina that happened on March 10th, 2016. An ‘ice bridge’ also known as dam, collapsed in front of the eyes of the audience in several breaks. The majestic giant crumbled away and changed the shape of the glacier forever.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is a part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes mountains that Argentina and Chile share together. It is located in the Los Glaciares National Park. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentinian Patagonia.

Unlike other glaciers, this one is advancing and that makes it a fascination for geologists. The rupture of the dam is a process that happens every once in awhile. It is completely normal and it happens almost every four to five years. The terminus of the Perito Moreno Glacier is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide, with an average height of 74 m (240 ft) above the surface of the water of Argentino Lake, in Argentina. It has a total ice depth of 170 metres (558 ft). The glacier was named Perito Moreno after Argentinian 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.

Perito Moreno Bridge collapse March 10th, 2016 at 10:56 AM

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