See a glacier spawn an iceberg in this dramatic video

Christopher Davidson
July 12, 2018

Perhaps the most drastic and devastating effect of the sea level rise is that according to experts and satellite surveillance there are many more fractures and breaks going on not only in Greenland but in Antarctica as well, and this is completely certain when these glaciers are looked down from space.

"Global sea-level rise is both undeniable and consequential", David Holland, a professor at New York University's Courtant Institute of Mathematics who led the research team, said in a statement.

The breaking off took place over the course of 30 minutes and began the night of June 22; the video has condensed the time of the incident to about 90 seconds.

The team was observing the edge of the Helheim Glacier, one of Greenland's largest outlet glaciers and the fastest flowing glacier along the eastern edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. "By capturing how it unfolds, we can see, first-hand, its breath-taking significance".

The moment a giant iceberg measuring 4 miles (6 km) in length broke off from a glacier in Greenland, sending huge chunks of ice crashing into the sea, was captured on camera by a team of scientists.

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As reported by EurekAlert, the video, which shows sea level rising as the ice from the glacier enters the ocean, may be viewed here:

The video offers visual evidence of the realities of global warming and sea level rise, researchers say.

The video shows a wide and flat iceberg split and moves away from the glacier.

"Knowing how and in what ways icebergs calve is important for simulations because they ultimately determine global sea-level rise", said researcher Denise Holland.

The impact could see the largest desert in the world turn lush green as the rise in temperature causes the rain belt surrounding Earth to swell. The calving event, captured in stunning footage by a team of researchers on site, spurred several other tall icebergs to separate as well, with some even flipping over entirely.

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