mercredi 1 février 2012

Chile: Thief! Thief! Our old glacier is looted!

In January 2012, the Chilean police actively seeking thieves of five thousand tons from the millenium glacier in Patagonia, a judicial source said to the press.
         CONAF, the public body responsible for forestry complaint filed Friday, January 27, 2012 after a company has been spotted pulling ice Jorge Montt glacier millennium, in the Campo de Hielo Sur, said the local prosecutor Jose Moris to the daily El Mercurio.
         On January 26, 2012, the driver of a refrigerated truck carrying the precious ice was intercepted and arrested by police in the town of Cochrane, at 2000 km from the Chilean capital Santiago.
         "Qualification is in principle simple theft, since the amount of ice involved. There is talk of a value of 3 million pesos (6200 dollars),
"said the prosecutor, but a charge may be imposed for"crimes against cultural heritage. "
Other suspects, identified, were being sought Monday, the alleged sponsor residing in Santiago.
         Jorge Montt Glacier, an area of ​​454 km2, is one of 49 glaciers up the Campo de Hielo Sur, in the Patagonian Andes, straddling Chile and Argentina.
         According to a recent study in Chile, this is one of the glaciers in the Southern Hemisphere which the regression is the most spectacular.
         It recorded a decline of one kilometer in 2010, because of global warming and oceanographic conditions.

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