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Massive Wall Of Ice Collapses At Glacier

March 5, 2012 by staff 

Massive Wall Of Ice Collapses At Glacier, An ice dam at Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier has collapsed, creating an impressive spectacle not seen since July 2008, although few tourists were awake to experience the moment.

Several tonnes of ice fell off the 60-metre ice dam into Lago Argentina at the national park in southern Santa Cruz province.

About 5000 tourists had been in the park on Saturday awaiting the ice show, park rangers said.

Perito Moreno, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Argentina, is one of the largest glaciers on the Patagonian ice cap. Photo: Reuters

But the slight movement of ice that began on Wednesday turned into an avalanche only about 4am, leaving visitors disappointed.

Only a group of rangers saw the collapse, which created a crash heard several kilometres away, accelerated by heavy rainfall overnight.

“The noise was very great, it was coming down in buckets,” park ranger Carlos Corvalan said.

Tourists look at the Perito Moreno glacier after the rupture of a massive ice wall. Photo: Reuters

Perito Moreno, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Argentina, is one of the largest glaciers on the Patagonian ice cap.

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