Researchers film glacier calving massive iceberg in Greenland

11 July, 2018, 22:17 | Author: Kelly Sanders

"Understanding how icebergs are melting, is important to model predictions, because in the end, they determine a global sea-level rise".

Scientists in eastern Greenland captured an incredible scene on video: the moment an iceberg measuring 4 miles (6 kilometers) long, separated from the Helheim Glacier and drifted away.

The research team at NYU is examining the forces behind sea-level rise under a grant from the National Science Foundation. That means it would stretch from lower Manhattan to Midtown in New York City, as you can see below.

Greenland's Helheim Glacier has lost a massive chunk of ice to the ocean. "And here we can see his unbelievable significance", notes the study's lead author David Holland, Professor, Institute of mathematics NY.

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.


Previously HB reported that an worldwide group of scientists found that the rate of melting of the Antarctic sheets of ice has accelerated threefold in the last five years.

These fractures caused by sea level rising also indicate another strong repercussion for the upcoming years is that as these breaks continue to happen it will also be harder to control and predict how much and how often this will occur in the future. It may also offer a chance to study iceberg calving.

The video shows a wide and flat iceberg split and moves away from the glacier. This video captures data about calving events that can be used to better understand break-ups like these. As it does so, thin and tall icebergs-also known as pinnacle bergs-calve off and flip over.

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).

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