Gray glacier in Patagonia
• Gray Glacier in Patagonia
In one of the many days of bad weather, we decided to explore the Lago Gray and the eponymous glacier, one of the largest in Patagonia. Gray Glacier is part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the third largest in the world after Antarctica and Greenland.
So this looks like a glacier on top - like a huge paw to 30 km long, stretching to the lake:
Glacier Gray stunningly beautiful. He is blue. This is because the dense compacted ice absorbs all the colors of the spectrum except blue):
The surreal landscape of ice floes:
In the last 10 years the glacier Gray considerably reduced in size, but it still remains one of the largest and most easily accessible glaciers of Patagonia.
Lake Gray formed immediately at the foot of a glacier and its meltwater feeds, and on the surface of the floating icebergs, from time to time on the ice chips.
The clash of two elements:
Glacier - a mass of ice principally atmospheric origin, which by gravity flow took shape.
A general condition ice formation is the combination of low temperature air with a large amount of solid precipitation.
Conversion to snow firn (densely packed, long snow), and then in ice, may go negative as in the temperature and the melting temperature.
Modern glaciers cover an area of more than 16 million square meters. km., or about 11% of the land. They are more than 25 million cubic meters. km of ice - nearly two-thirds of the fresh water on the planet.