The Perito Moreno Glacier
Seracs, cracks, caves and holes
water in the hole means it’s safe to walk around – no water and you can fall 100’s or 1000’s of meters through the glaciers – drank some 400 year old water
What does 400 year old water taste like – you ask? Tempted to say dry dusty, stale – but tasted perfect. Crazy thing is – according to the guide – you can still die of thirst – devoid of all minerals – the body cannot absorb the water.
Despite the snowy surface glacier ice is crystal clear.
One creature – a bug – lives in the glacier – he preduces a type of glycol to keep body from freezing
Andiperla willinki is a very rare insect belonging to the order of Plecoptera, commonly known as stoneflies. Its common name is “Patagonian Dragonfly”
The 250 km2 (97 sq mi) ice formation, and 30 km (19 mi) in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This ice field is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water.
The Perito Moreno glacier, located 78 kilometres (48 mi) from El Calafate, was named after the 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