One of the best ice calving events witnessed at the Viedma Glacier, in Patagonia

May 4, 2017 6:19 pm Last Updated: May 4, 2017 6:19 pm

Glaciers are naturally awe-inspiring. Glaciers are created over over a long period of time when large amounts of snow is compressed into huge masses of ice. An interesting characteristic of glaciers is their ability to move. Their mass is so great, that they flow like very slow rivers, scouring anything that is before them.

Many people love to explore glaciers, they truly are so fascinating, but there is a special excitement in watching the toe (the leading edge.) The large ice chunks fracture due to the slow forward motion of the glacier causing instability. These resulting chunks are called “icebergs.” They can be very big, and naturally part of what makes this event so impressive.

One well known glacier is the Viedma Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina. On March 26, a big glacier calving event was filmed in this region. As the authors of the footage said, “According to the tour guides, it was the best ice calving the had seen that season, and probably over a few years.” The icebergs are blue which means that they are very dense, which makes the whole spectacle even more amazing. Take a look: