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Southern Patagonia Ice Field split in two

The Southern Patagonia Ice Field which covers an area of 12 thousand square kilometres in Chile and Argentina, has split in two and is expected to fragment further as a result of climate change, Chilean researchers have warned.

According to Gino Casassa, head of the Snow and Glacier Division of Chile’s DGA water authority, rising temperatures in the parts of the Andes in southern Chile and Argentina have resulted in less snow and ice to replenish the region’s glaciers.

It was found that the fracture was caused by the ice retreating. The piece that has broken off the main glacier
is only 208 square kilometres, but the specialist said this could be only
the beginning.

Gino Casassa emphasised that although the ice field has only split in two, it is likely that further fractures will be discovered to the south.

The fracturing of the Perito Moreno Glacier in 2004 Photo: Wikimedia Commons

This year, two massive icebergs have already broken off the Grey Glacier in the Torres del Paine National Park, and researchers suggest that the phenomenon could become regular in the region.
The first block separated on 20 February, the second on 7 March. Previous to those, the last iceberg
the glacier had birthed was an almost 350 m long and 380 m wide blue-white iceberg in November 2017.

Further information: Reuters

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