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Official Name: Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
English Name: Los Glaciares National Park
Year Established: 1937
Area: 2,806 sq. miles (7,269 sq km)
Max altitude: 11,170feet (3,405 meters)
This Grand National Park boasts a series of, lakes, mountains, glaciers and woods. A large portion of the western side of the park is basically under ice and snow and to the east we find the arid Patagonian steppe.
The name of Los Glaciares National Park means "The Glaciers", due to the series of glaciers that are born on the Ice Caps of the Southern Andes. This is the largest continental ice extension in the world, after Antarctica. Also known as Patagonic Continental Ice, in the region we find 47 big glaciers, 13 of which flow to the Atlantic. There are also more than 200 smaller glaciers that are not connected to the Ice Caps.
Generally, glaciers around the world are found at elevations over 2500 m. (8200 ft.) above sea level, but in Patagonia, glaciers originate at around 1500 m. (4900 ft.) above sea level, and flow down to 200 m. (650 ft.). This allows for incredible approaches and views of the glaciers within the National Park.
The constant thaw of these large glaciers and ice fields resulted in the formation of two large lakes inside of Los Glaciares National Park: Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma. The waters of both of these lakes flow to the Santa Cruz River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
Los Glaciares National Park is located in a region known as the Austral Andes in Argentina. It lies at the southwest edge of the Santa Cruz province, on the border with Chile. Because of its stunning natural beauty, Los Glaciares National Park today is part of the natural wonders of our world, and was declared a UNESCO "World Heritage Site" in 1981.
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