LARGEST GLACIER CALVING EVER FILMED – CHASING ICE

LARGEST GLACIER CALVING EVER FILMED – CHASING ICE

3699
0
SHARE
Global Warming and its effect on Climate Change is not unknown to anyone. A 2 degree rise in temperature over a decade, how serious does that sound or at least what impact it makes on our minds? We tend to somehow ignore this as it doesn’t sound astonishing for many, may be.

But, what if you get to witness an island sized chunk of ice falling into ocean and which still continues, as a result of climate change, would that make a difference?

Chasing Ice, a team of documentaries, in western Greenland in 2008, captured something Jaw dropping, a perfect example to show the impacts of Climate Change.

They visited the Ilulissat Glacier, also known as the Jakobshavn Glacier or Sermeq Kujalleq. It has an area of more than 42,000 square miles and is believed to be the same glacier that produced the iceberg that sank the Titanic.

screen shot 2014-10-14 at 4.41.47 pm

Considered to be one of the most active Glaciers in the world, and as per the latest study, scientists reveal that the glacier is shedding ice at a rate of 150 feet per day.

They witnessed massive calving of the glacier and recorded something which is both awe-inspiring as well as terrifying.

Calving is when chunks of ice break off at the terminus, or end, of a glacier. Ice breaks because the forward motion of a glacier makes the terminus unstable. We call these resulting chunks of ice “icebergs.”

screen shot 2014-10-14 at 2.49.58 pm

Calving is actually a natural act, but what’s alarming is the extreme rate at which these glaciers are calving. This is incredible and a cause to worry. Between 2000 and 2010, this ten years, this glacier retreated nine miles — farther than it had retreated in the previous 100 years combined. Scientists say its current flow rate, the rate at which the glacier drops ice into the ocean, is three times what it was in the 1990s.

So, the culprit is global climate change, which causes polar ice to weaken and melt, making glacial calving more frequent and more dramatic. And it’s not just land ice that is suffering: Sea ice is melting too as a result of rising global temperatures.

See it for yourself in the below video:



Hope you found the article inspiring and informative. Do share to increase the awareness.



Also Join our Photography Workshop in Bangalore on 8th Jan, 2015, by Canon Mentor Dharma Chandru. For more details, click on the Link: Photography Workshop in Bangalore.

NO COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY