|The north face of Perito Moreno Glacier from approximately six kilometres away, across Lago Argentino.|
|Location of Perito Moreno, near to the Chilean border (which is within the Andes).|
|The map, taken from Google Earth, shows part of the ice field, the foot of the glacier (at the end of the red arrow), |
Lago Argentino, El Calafate, and the approximate point from which the first photo was taken (at the yellow diamond).
|A closer shot of the glacier wall from the same location as the photo above.|
The southern arm of the lake is in the foreground with the main lake out of sight beyond the glacier.
|The boat which conveyed us - the dents in the bow were food for thought!|
|The ice wall becomes more impressive as the boat approaches it.|
|The glacier's edge, as we approached it.|
|The view back to the lake, from atop the glacier.|
|Gouges in the rock left exposed when the glacier retreats in summer; the bottom of the glacier|
acts like a huge coarse sheet of sandpaper.
|Moraine is material moved, perhaps for tens of kilometres, under the glacier and left behind when|
the ice seasonally retreats. This is terminal moraine, ie at the end of the glacier.
That was a fascinating experience, and I enjoyed it, but overall I think I prefer the walk that follows the lake shore, on a raised board walk, looking across to the glacier wall.
|The glacier face; in the left foreground is the point where the southern arm of the lake (to the left) breaks through.|
|From closer, the scale yet again becomes evident; many of the pieces of floating ice are huge.|
|You've got to be lucky and patient to observe the moment of calving, and I was a touch too slow|
to get the best of this one.
|Some very singular icebergs, in which it is not hard to find animal-like shapes!|
|Old growth Nothofagus forests, above and below, straight out of ancient Gondwana...|
|Gavilea araucana, a member of an orchid genus of some 15 species, mostly found in the cold|
far south of South America.
|Close-up of the lovely flower.|
|Patagonian Grey Fox Lycalopex griseus near the foot of the glacier.|
|Andean Condor Vultur gryphus soaring against the mountains; |
the snow drifts create a somewhat surreal effect.
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