Laguna San Rafael National Park in Southern Chile • Earth.com

Laguna San Rafael National Park in Southern Chile

12-26-2021

Laguna San Rafael National Park in Southern Chile Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency . The park is named for the San Rafael Lagoon, which was formed by the retreat of the San Rafael Glacier.

The Laguna San Rafael National Park includes the Northern Patagonian Ice Field, which is the second largest continuous mass of ice outside of the polar regions. The ice field – which covers 17,000 square kilometers – was once part of the Patagonian Ice Sheet. 

Glaciers in this region have been dramatically declining as a result of climate change. According to scientists, these glaciers are melting at some of the highest rates anywhere in the world. Laguna San Rafael National Park ( Spanish pronunciation is a park located on the Pacific coast of southern Chile.

The park located on the Pacific coast of southern Chile. The park is named for the San Rafael Lagoon formed by the retreat of the San Rafael Glacier. Laguna San Rafael in Chile contains several major Patagonia peaks, including Monte San Valentín, which at 13,310 feet (4,058 meters) is the highest mountain in the Southern.

Laguna San Rafael in Chile is a popular attraction for those on vacations to the country, and many visitors come to this park in particular to see blocks of glacier ice tumbling into the ten-mile fjord between the Peninsula de Taitao and the mainland.

Video Credit: ESA

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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