Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Dramatic Video Captures Moment Towering Iceberg Splits from Greenland Glacier

Dramatic Video Captures Moment Towering Iceberg Splits from Greenland Glacier

Raw Video: NYU scientists capture video of a four-mile iceberg breaking away from a glacier in Greenland.

According to the latest predictions, if the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed it could cause global sea levels to rise by ten feet, overwhelming coastal cities around the world like NY and Abu Dhabi.

The video shows a range of different iceberg formation styles captured during the calving event which began on June 22 at 11:30 p.m. local time and took place over approximately 30 minutes (the video has condensed the time of this occurrence to approximately 90 seconds).

The process by which ice detaches from the glacier, known as the breakaway of the ice. - "Catching as it unfolds, we can see its value".

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A chunk of ice that would stretch from lower Manhattan to Midtown, as seen above, broke off from a glacier in Greenland.

A team of scientists led by David Holland, a professor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematics and NYU Abu Dhabi, shot the video.

The research team is now studying the forces behind sea-level rise - a development that has concerned scientists in recent decades because it points to the possibility of global disruptions due to climate change - under a grant from the National Science Foundation.

When large masses of ice part from glaciers, quantities of water are shunted into the ocean and contribute to sea-level rise. "Rising sea levels are a globally important issue which can not be tackled by one country alone", says U.K. Science Minister, Sam Gyimah.

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

He adds that the more they understand what is happening means that they can create a more accurate simulation to predict and plan for climate change. The research is centered on the Thwaites Glacier.

In 2017, scientists estimated that a collapse of the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which is two-and-a-half miles thick and about as large as Texas, would raise global sea levels by 10 feet-inundating coastal cities around the world.

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