Glaciar Upsala

The Upsala Glacier is a large glacier that covers a compound valley, fed by several glaciers, in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. He was baptized in 1908 by Klaus August Jacobson who accompanied Francisco Pascasio Moreno, (also known as the Perito Moreno).

The name of the glacier was given in honor of the Swedish University of Uppsala, where he would have studied. According to measurements made in May 2011, its ice fields cover an area of approximately 765 km². The glacier has a length of approximately 53.7 km (being the third longest in South America, after the Pius XI and Viedma Glacier), a width of 13 km, and its walls reach a height of 40 meters on average.

It flows from the Southern Patagonian ice field, which also gives rise to the Perito Moreno glacier that is located in the same area, to Lake Argentino. The Upsala glacier is in retreat, which could be evidence of climatic and geological cycles explained by the Milankovitch Theory or global warming. There are two concessionaires of the Glacier National Park, to visit the Upsala Glacier by boat, departing from Punta Bandera. Since 2011 it is possible to go kayaking, surrounded by bluish icebergs, the Upsala Arm in a unique experience throughout the southern cone.


Glacier Type: Valley
Status: Recoil
Front: Glacier Lake
Altitude: 40 m
Width: 10 km
Length: 53.7 km
Surface: 765 km²

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