The chunk of ice that broke away from Greenland's Helheim Glacier during this particular calving event was huge, measuring 6 kilometers (4 miles) in length. Scientists have closely followed the frozen river as a key indicator of global warming and sea level rise.
A 2017 estimate suggested that a collapse of the entire the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet would result in a 10-foot-rise in sea level-enough to overwhelm coastal areas around the globe, including New York City.
The breaking off took place over the course of 30 minutes and began the night of June 22; the video has condensed the time of the incident to about 90 seconds. "By capturing how it unfolds, we can see, first-hand, its breath-taking significance".
Researchers from NYUAD, who are in Greenland to research the effects of climate change, captured footage of a large block of ice breaking off from the Thwaites Glacier and the effects of the movement on the sea level and surrounding ice (above).
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The birth of an iceberg was recorded on video by a team of researchers in Eastern Greenland, according to the New Atlas. But even though the icebergs tossed into the sea here are contributing to sea level rise, scientists still don't know exactly how such break-ups work.
The massive new iceberg, which would stretch from lower Manhattan up to Midtown in New York City, can be instructive to scientists and policy makers who are studying the impact of human actions on global sea-level rise.
The video shows a tabular (wide and flat) iceberg separate, then travel down the fjord where it smashes into another iceberg. As it does so, thin and tall icebergs-also known as pinnacle bergs-calve off and flip over. "The better we understand what is happening, the more accurate the simulation we can create to predict and plan for climate change", said David Holland.
"Understanding how icebergs are melting, is important to model predictions, because in the end, they determine a global sea-level rise".