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Largest-Ever Glacier Calving Captured On Video

Imagine Manhattan’s skyscrapers were 2-3 times bigger than they are now.

Then imagine seeing the whole lower half of Manhattan getting ripped into pieces and sinking into the Atlantic.

That’s the scale captured in this video.

Greenland Glacier calving Manhattan

The scale of the video illustrated.


On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski were filming at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. By chance, they captured this historic breakup.

The glacier calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet (914m), 300-400 feet (91-122m) above water, and the rest below water.

The video, titled Chasing Ice won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the Best Documentary from the International Press Association. In addition, it has won over 30 other awards at festivals worldwide.


Greenland Glacier withdrawing

Greenland glacier melting has accelerated over the past years.





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