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Remarkable Video shows breakup of a Greenland Glacier

February 04, 2013; 4:28 PM

For those of you that have not already seen this....a co-worker of mine forwarded me the amazing five minute, condensed video that shows the largest, calving glacier that has ever been filmed.

Back in May of 2008, and after a 17-day watch, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed the historic 75-minute breakup of the Ilullissat Glacier in western Greenland.

It is important to watch the entire video as there are many things going on. Toward the end of the video they show you just how massive this calving event was by comparing it to a well known island.

The official video was filmed by "Chasing Ice".

Video courtesy of "Chasing Ice" and YouTube.


Estimated annual mass change of Greenland ice sheet over past 20 years. (Sheperd et al., 2012) via James Hansen of GISS.

The graphic clearly shows that Greenland has been losing mass an increasing rate over the past decade, which would add about 1 mm of rise to the sea level per year.


Thumbnail image courtesy of "Chasing Ice".

"Chasing Ice" won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and has won 24 awards so far this year, according to the link.

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