See a glacier spawn an iceberg in this dramatic video

12 July, 2018, 18:30 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • The calving front of the Helheim

The video shows a four-mile (6.4-km) iceberg, which the scientists point out would reach from lower Manhattan to Midtown in New York City, breaking away from the glacier and washing into the sea, .

But there is much that scientists have yet to learn about how and why this large-scale breakage happens, which makes it hard to predict when glaciers will fall apart, and how much that glacier disintegration will affect sea levels over time, David Holland, leader of the research team and a professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematics and NYU Abu Dhabi, told Live Science. "By capturing how it unfolds, we can see, first-hand, its breath-taking significance".

Scientists have managed to capture on film the moment a huge iceberg breaks away from a glacier in eastern Greenland.

The birth of an iceberg was recorded on video by a team of researchers in Eastern Greenland, according to the New Atlas.

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"Global sea level rise is undeniable and consistent", said the leader of the research group David Holland in a statement.

Earth's biggest glaciers are in frozen Antarctica, and their breakup would be catastrophic for sea level rise; the loss of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would release enough water to raise global sea levels by almost 10 feet (3 meters).

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 camera angle then shifts to show movement further down the fjord, where one tabular iceberg crashes into a second, causing the first to split into two and flip over.

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. Such events could help researchers understand how glaciers will respond to natural variability and human-induced changes. Apart from the large chunk thin and tall icebergs known as pinnacle bergs also drift out to sea.

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