Scientists were able to capture the moment when a huge iceberg breaks away from glacier in East Greenland.
The calving event captured on video 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). - "Catching as it unfolds, we can see its value".
The team watched the edge of the HELHEIM glacier, one of Greenland's largest glaciers along the Eastern edge of the Greenland ice sheet.
The birth of an iceberg was recorded on video by a team of researchers in Eastern Greenland, according to the New Atlas.
"And here we can see his wonderful significance", notes the study's lead author David Holland, Professor, Institute of mathematics NY. Scientists have been keeping a close eye on the frozen river as a key indicator of global warming and sea-level rise, with its front retreating around 2.5 miles (4 km) between 1998 and 2013. "Rising sea levels are a globally important issue which can not be tackled by one country alone", says U.K. Science Minister, Sam Gyimah. Meanwhile, smaller pinnacle icebergs, which are tall and thin, can be seen calving off and flipping over. This can give researchers a sense of how the overall global climate is changing.
The team say they are continuing to study the causes of rising sea levels in an effort to help predict and plan for climate change. 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. The research is centered on the Thwaites Glacier.
"Understanding how icebergs are melting, is important to model predictions, because in the end, they determine a global sea-level rise".