Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Ice dam to break prematurely on Argentine glacier

Agence France Presse: 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 Petito Moreno glacier in Argentina, shot by "Akshat" ( I think), Wikimedia Commons, under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation license, Version 1.2

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