Patagonian Ice Fields, Argentina
The Patagonian Ice Fields are enormous. Located in the Andes, between Chile and Argentina, there is 5,500 gigatons of solid ice packed here. The problem is, it’s melting. Global warming and its impact on the environment cannot be underestimated.
With the ice fields shrinking fast, those keen to catch a glimpse of this fascinating frozen land cannot afford to hang around.
Home to glacial fjords and dramatic valleys, this is a picturesque place, but the threat from climate change is real. There’s so much ice here that, were it all to melt, global sea levels would rise by as much as 15mm.
This might sound far fetched, but the ice fields were once even greater, with all that remains now just a fraction of the vast ancient Patagonian Ice Sheet. That began to melt 18,000 years ago. With global temperatures continuing to rise, this is a fragile landscape that is soon to be altered forever.