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7.4 cubic km of ice crashing into the ocean

The largest iceberg calving ever documented on a film, imagine the Manhattan breaking apart in front of your eyes.

  Author: mat | Source: chasingice.co.uk | 13th December 2012  

Global warming is becoming a fact, melting icebergs are one of the consequences. If this is a part of Earth's natural climate changing process or did we humans speed up the process still remains to be seen. However seeing an icebergs size of a Manhattan area crash into the ocean sure does look spectacular.

Chasing Ice is an environmental film by Jeff Orlowski, to describe it the best, here is the film synopsis:

"Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate."

Now to the real spectacular part, where we can see a colossal 7.4 cubic km chunk of ice breaking and crashing into the ocean:

To put things more into the perspective, as mentioned in the video, the area that broke off equals the area of the Manhattan Island in New York, US and it's the largest iceberg calving ever filmed. The event happened in Greenland and the iceberg that lost a fair chunk is called the Ilulissat glacier.


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brenda_air, 14th Dec 2012, 12:02 AM
What is the truth about melting. Is this really or just media try to scare us?

I hear that Antarctica is impossible to melt. If you are good with chemistry, then you can understand it. But I am not good with chemistry so
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NikMan, 26th Feb 2013, 12:19 PM
OK, this is totaly insane and HUGE. They could make a Hollywood spectacle here if they want.
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KimmyK, 27th Feb 2013, 9:11 AM
Be it a natural process of Earth's evolution or climate changes caused by human beings, I find it quite sad. So much history in those icebergs and now they are simply melting away in front of our eyes. But if it was my guess, I would go for the human caused rapid climate changes.
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KidCurious, 27th Feb 2013, 9:14 AM
When you put this into perspective, what a humongous chunk of ice this really was, it really is mindblowing. The waves caused by this calving must had been huge as well.
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