Ice fields in northern Patagonia, South America •

Last update: September 29th, 2020 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at ice fields in northern Patagonia, South America.

Patagonia spans over a million square kilometers of lower south America across the countries of Chile and Argentina. The region is comprised of the southern Andes mountains, forests, deserts, and grasslands.

On the western side of Patagonia, beautiful ice fields like this one stretch hundreds of kilometers and can be seen from space.

“The rapid thinning of the icefield’s glaciers illustrates the global impact of climate warming,” said Eric Rignot from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California-Irvine. “We have shown that Patagonia glaciers experience some of the world’s most dramatic thinning per unit area, more than Alaska or Iceland or Svalbard or Greenland.”

By Rory Arnold, Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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