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Perito Moreno is one of the glaciers which terminate in a lake (Lago Argentino). It has the advantage that at its front you can observe the process called Glacier calving. Of course, it has nothing to do with calving as in birthing a calf. It just means that large fragments of ice break away from the glacier and fall into the lake. Depending on the size of the ice fragment it may become literally an iceberg which may drift really far away from the glacier. Before a piece of ice breaks away you can quite often hear a very loud cracking or booming. That is why watching glaciers may be a spectacle not only for your eyes but also ears.

Unfortunately it is a challenge to show the process in a photo. I was lucky to watch it several times while walking around Perito Moreno. I have recorded three short movies with my camera but I cannot show movies on TE. The only way to show some sort of the movement, which I can think of, is to show a photo where the large piece of ice falls into the water causing a splash. As it is unpredictable you have to react very quickly hence the composition of this photo is not perfect. This photo was taken from a small boat during one hour trip to the southern end of the Perito Moreno.

Just to remind you, Perito Moreno front is on average 73 meters high (above the water level) and 5 km wide.

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