Incredible video shows the 4-mile iceberg to break in Greenland



A four-mile iceberg breaks a glacier in Greenland

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

A team of scientists from the University of New York captured a video of a 4-mile iceberg breaking away from a glacier in eastern Greenland.

The huge new iceberg, which would stretch from lower Manhattan up to Midtown in New York City, may be instructive for scientists and policy makers who study the impact of human activity on the global rise of the sea level.

“Global sea-level rise is both obvious and consequential damages,” David Holland, a professor at the University of New York’s Courtant Institute of Mathematics who led the research, said in a statement. “By capturing how it unfolds, we can see, first-hand, breathtaking meaning.”


When large pieces break off of the glaciers, the process is known as calving. This allows researchers to give a sense of how the global climate is changing.

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

(Google Earth/with Thanks to Denise Holland)

“The better we understand what’s going on, we can make a more accurate simulations to help predict and plan for climate change,” Denise Holland, the logistics coordinator for the NYU Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, who filmed the calving event, said in the statement.

The break off took place in the course of 30 minutes and began the night of June 22; the video is a shortened the time of the incident to about 90 seconds.

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 big as Texas, would increase the global sea level by 10 metres, inundating coastal cities all over the world.

Until now, according to the NYU scientists, the Thwaites Glacier—a part of the West Antarctic ice sheet—has already drained a mass of water, which is about the size of Florida.

The research team at NYU is the study of the forces behind the rise of the sea level under a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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