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The Southern Patagonian Ice Field (Spanish: Hielos Continentales or Campo de Hielo Sur), located at the Southern Patagonic Andes between Argentina and Chile, is the second largest contiguous extrapolar extent of ice (ice field) in the world.
The Southern Patagonian Ice Field extends for approximately 350 kilometres, and has an area of 16,800 km², of which roughly 14,000 km² fall within Chile and 2,500 km² within Argentina.

The ice mass feeds dozens of glaciers in the area, among which are the Upsala (902 km²), Viedma (978 km²) and Perito Moreno (258 km²) in the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, and the Pío XI Glacier or Bruggen Glacier (1,265 km², the largest in area and longest in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica), O'Higgins (820 km²), Grey (270 km²) and Tyndall (331 km²) in Chile. The glaciers going to the west flow into the fjords of the Patagonian channels of the Pacific Ocean; those going to the East flow into the Patagonian lakes Viedma and Argentino, and eventually, through the rivers de la Leona and Santa Cruz, to the Atlantic Ocean.

Most people visiting Los Glaciares National Park go to see Perito Moreno front side, some more adventurous go for trekking, but much less are so greedy that go to see Upsala and Spegazzini Glaciers. The cruise to this distant part of the Lago Argentino is unforgettable experience. You pass between huge icebergs in different tones of blue, the weather changes constantly, so every minute you see something different.

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  • Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4858 W: 81 N: 12204] (72206)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-02-03
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-02-16 8:20
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