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Perito Moreno Glacier In Argentina Collapses (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/ 5/2012 3:26 pm Updated: 03/ 5/2012 3:26 pm

Every year, thousands of tourists flock to Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier for majestic views of frozen H2O. This week, many have been treated to a rare glacier collapse.

Around 2,500 tourists watched and cheered as the 97-square-mile glacier splintered and ice crashed down, according to The Telegraph. The BBC notes that the glacier reaches a massive 230 feet (70 meters) into the air, at times growing large enough to separate Lago Argentino, the lake in which it floats, in half.

The massive glacier sits in the southern end of Argentina, near the city of El Calafate in Santa Cruz province, according to the International Business Times. ABC News writes that diamonds in the rough have nothing on this glacier in the sea, either; the titanic ice fall was first recorded in 1917, but has only since happened two other times, most recently in 2008.

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