HEADLINE Video: Argentina's famous glacier, ice arch collapses

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Video: Argentina's famous glacier, ice arch collapses

By Chi Jingyi | People's Daily app

21:40, March 13, 2018

(Video: AFP)

Parts of Argentina's famous Perito Moreno Glacier, including an impressive ice arch, collapsed over the weekend.

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Large piece of ice colapses off of the edge of the Glacier Perito Moreno in Argentina. (Photo: Caly Ponte)

The natural arch in Los Glaciares National Park in the Patagonia region came crashing down overnight Sunday during a storm while the park was closed, park authorities said Monday, AFP reported.

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A glacier cave on Perito Moreno Glacier, in Los Glaciares National Park, southern Argentina. (Photo: Martin St-Amant)

An arch forms regularly in a glacier called Perito Moreno, one of the few remaining active glaciers on Earth. It is a major tourist destination in Argentina and is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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The spectacle draws many tourists. (Photo: VCG)

However, the ice bridge collapsed in the dead of night, leaving behind thwarted audiences who waited four years for the rupture.

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A marvelous view of the collapse of the ice arch on the Perito Moreno glacier was captured at Los Glaciares National Park, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. (Photos: VCG)

The ice bridge fell every four years since 2004. It takes two to four years for the ice arch to form. The collapse of the Perito Moreno glacier is a natural phenomenon not linked to climate change.

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The aerial view of the Perito Moreo Glacier. (Photo: Mariano Cecowski)

As the glacier moves forward, a dam of ice would block the flow of water. When the water breaks through the dam, a water tunnel is formed, becoming the narrow arch. The arch eventually collapses under the pressure of the flowing water.

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