Video of Manhattan sized glacier breaking off into sea


mentalfloss
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http://youtu.be/hC3VTgIPoGU

A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

It begins with a growl. Then there's a crack — a slurpy, sucky, crunchy noise. A guy is on the phone, and his pal interrupts him and says, "It's starting, Adam, I think. Adam? It's starting ..." The two are up on a bluff, overlooking a giant ice field.

They are standing next to time-lapse cameras. What happens next is astonishing: An enormous frozen, icy hunk of our planet suddenly opens, splits into bits and then sinks right before our eyes into the sea. It happens so, so quickly. And the scale of it? That's the part that shocked me. When they superimpose part of Manhattan Island onto the ice at the end of the clip, you think, "Uh oh." This is a peek into something monstrous.

The video comes from photographer James Balog's film, Chasing Ice. The two guys on the bluff at the beginning are part of Balog's Extreme Ice Survey team, which maintains scores of time-lapse cameras overlooking glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, the Rockies and the Himalayas. During daylight hours, they watch and record. Then they share what they see with scientists and National Geographic, and turn the footage into movies and TV shows.

Losing All The Ice In The World? Let Me Calculate ...

What they're seeing, of course, is ice disappearing from mountain tops, from ice fields, from the poles. Seeing it go this quickly in so many places, raises the obvious question: How long will it be before there isn't any ice left? We've had such moments before in earth history; it's certainly possible. We have lived in a gentle age where, every winter, one can take a trip to someplace white to see a snowy mountaintop, a distant glacier creeping down a slope, or an iceberg in the distance. Come summer, the whiteness retreats. It's a lovely balance. But how long will that last?

When Henry Pollack (a professor emeritus of geophysics at the University of Michigan) was asked, he answered, "Losing all the ice in the world? I think sometime between a thousand and 10,000 years encompasses most probabilities."

A thousand years is not a lot of time. As Craig Childs says in his book, Apocalyptic Planet, 10 centuries ago Europeans were busy building cathedrals. Chinese merchants were sending flotillas to trade with Africans. "I was thinking we had more time," Craig says.

Konrad Steffen thinks Craig is right. A University of Colorado climatologist, Steffen figures (or figured, a couple of years ago) that Greenland might be iceless in 10,000 years, but Antarctica (being much bigger) will take a lot longer to turn bare.

But that's an endpoint. It's the middle passage that has so many scientists worried. Steffen tells Childs, "Greenland and Antarctica are very remote, and were considered to be big ice boxes that responded not very fast to climate change. We never developed a mechanism to observe them until we had satellites and lasers. Now we see some surfaces lowering up to 50 meters per year." He repeated that number, to make sure Craig heard. "Fifty — five-zero — meters per year." That's a vertical drop of about 150 feet. In two years, that's 300 feet. Then 450. Year after year — enormous piles of ice melting into the sea.

A lot of water. Coming our way.

A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes : Krulwich Wonders.
 
Sal
#2
That is astounding...thanks for sharing!!!
 
Locutus
#3
"chasing ice"
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

"chasing ice"

That video gets a lot of mileage, lol. The documentary is two years old and the article in the OP was dated January 2014.

Not a real biggie though, it's still an impressive piece of film.
 
spaminator
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EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

"CHASING ICE" captures largest glacier calving ever filmed - OFFICIAL VIDEO - YouTube

A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

.

Busted!



"On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland."

A two year old documentary on a 5+ old event. Looks like evidence is coming harder to come by.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Busted!



"On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland."

A two year old documentary on a 5+ old event. Looks like evidence is coming harder to come by.

Seen it many times before. Still, it's cool because this is the first time icebergs have ever been calved from a glacier in Greenland.
 
pgs
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Seen it many times before. Still, it's cool because this is the first time icebergs have ever been calved from a glacier in Greenland.

The Titanic was not hit by an ice berg ?
 
petros
#9
Gravity does cool things to the planet.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgsView Post

The Titanic was not hit by an ice berg ?

Couldn't have been. That was pre global warming.


And speaking of global warming, who turned it off yesterday? My driveway is a sheet of ice and the lawn is white.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

And speaking of global warming, who turned it off yesterday? My driveway is a sheet of ice and the lawn is white.

Welcome to Canada
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Welcome to Canada

I live on the east coast of Vancouver Island. It is not supposed to get cold here. Must be them Bastards from Ontario that move here last summer brought it with them so they wouldn't be homesick.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

I live on the east coast of Vancouver Island. It is not supposed to get cold here. Must be them Bastards from Ontario that move here last summer brought it with them so they wouldn't be homesick.

we're snow friendly and we like to share
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgsView Post

The Titanic was not hit by an ice berg ?

No. The ice was minding it's own beeswax.

Some arsehole was driving her too fast for the road conditions and she hit the iceberg.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

No. The ice was minding it's own beeswax.

Some arsehole was driving her too fast for the road conditions and she hit the iceberg.

nice one Loc,

give it a rest, it was unsinkable....who knew
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgsView Post

The Titanic was not hit by an ice berg ?

You mean this has happened before?
 
DaSleeper
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

I live on the east coast of Vancouver Island. It is not supposed to get cold here. Must be them Bastards from Ontario that move here last summer brought it with them so they wouldn't be homesick.

Naah......gotta be Newfies ......they're everywhere......
 
petros
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

I live on the east coast of Vancouver Island. It is not supposed to get cold here. Must be them Bastards from Ontario that move here last summer brought it with them so they wouldn't be homesick.

I've see snow on E Van Is. Nothing odd at all.
 
BaalsTears
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#19
Thanks for sharing. Time and gravity work wonders.
 
taxslave
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

I've see snow on E Van Is. Nothing odd at all.

Florida gets snow from time to time as well. Doesn't make it right.
 
WLDB
#21
Cool.
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

"CHASING ICE" captures largest glacier calving ever filmed - OFFICIAL VIDEO - YouTube
A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes
It begins with a growl. Then there's a crack — a slurpy, sucky, crunchy noise. A guy is on the phone, and his pal interrupts him and says, "It's starting, Adam, I think. Adam? It's starting ..." The two are up on a bluff, overlooking a giant ice field.
They are standing next to time-lapse cameras. What happens next is astonishing: An enormous frozen, icy hunk of our planet suddenly opens, splits into bits and then sinks right before our eyes into the sea. It happens so, so quickly. And the scale of it? That's the part that shocked me. When they superimpose part of Manhattan Island onto the ice at the end of the clip, you think, "Uh oh." This is a peek into something monstrous.
The video comes from photographer James Balog's film, Chasing Ice. The two guys on the bluff at the beginning are part of Balog's Extreme Ice Survey team, which maintains scores of time-lapse cameras overlooking glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, the Rockies and the Himalayas. During daylight hours, they watch and record. Then they share what they see with scientists and National Geographic, and turn the footage into movies and TV shows.

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Awesome!

Quote: Originally Posted by pgsView Post

The Titanic was not hit by an ice berg ?

That'd be correct.
 
mentalfloss
#23
Thanks guys.

No idea it was an old movie.
 

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