Happy World Oceans Day!
... wait... is that a glacier?
Despite having spent so much time lately in the mountains, I promise I haven’t forgotten what the ocean is.
Instead, it’s made me realize that nothing on this earth happens in isolation. And that icefields are central to world oceans day!
Icefields and glaciers are key figures in regional watersheds, which often span from mountains to the ocean. Glacial calving and runoff not only provides crucial freshwater for plants, animals, and humans, but also support marine habitats by generating turbidity and carrying important minerals to the coast. Glaciers aren’t just frozen water, they have unique microbial communities and can even provide bioavailable carbon to downstream communities.
Watersheds fed by glacial ice have unique physical and biological properties that support a wide range of organisms, from tiny plankton to blue whales. Chunks of ice that break off in the calving process, pictured here, cause a mixing of fresh and salt water, and add mountain nutrients to the water, supplementing krill, fish, birds, and marine mammals.
Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina primarily supplements Lago Argentino, which feeds into river systems spanning Patagonia and pouring into the Atlantic Ocean at Puerto Santa Cruz, one of the important fishing towns along the coast, and adjacent to the Monte Leon National Park, Argentina’s first marine park.
Coincidentally, Francisco Moreno, the naturalist and creator of the Argentine National Park System for and whom Perito Moreno is named, was one of the first to explore and document this site in the 19th century. The park was eventually established with the help of the Tompkins and their NGO, Conservación Patagonica, in 2004.
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