To the glaciars

2 Jan

One of my final exams at the University was on glaciers in the Andes. Since then I wanted to see them live.

We took a plane to El Calafate, then a normal bus and now we were standing on a boat looking at this a few hundred meters long and 60m high wall of blue ice.

The lake had this special green of ice waters and it was silent. Only sometimes the ice was cracking. Suddenly there was a very loud crack and a peace of ice collapsed into the lake.

After the ship, we walked on the balconies that were built to watch the glacier in its full size. In the clean and fresh air they stood, listening to the silence, the ice cracking and once in a while we witnessed how some ice collapsed.

In 1939 some ice blocked the lake. Farms were under water. The government sent in some planes to throw bombs on the ice. The effect was nothing. Humans had to wait a few more weeks until the water made its way trough the ice naturally.

Imagining that this glacier moves only a few hundred meters a year you feel how small humans really are.

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5 Responses to “To the glaciars”

  1. Tobias January 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    You look like you lost some weight! 😉

    • Tobias January 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

      Ahh, no! I think it’s just the haircut.

      • Tobias January 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

        Actually I think you gained some weight! 😉

  2. Barbara January 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Unbelievable !
    Fascinating ice walls.

    Stay cool!

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