Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Shocking video of glacier fracturing shows true extent of climate change

Shocking video of glacier fracturing shows true extent of climate change

Researchers also managed to capture on camera a video that shows the noticeable violence and speed of the ice breaking event that is now ongoing. Scientists have closely followed the frozen river as a key indicator of global warming and sea level rise.

David Holland, a professor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematics and NYU Abu Dhabi, who led the research team said: "Global sea-level rise is both undeniable and consequential".

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.

Calving is when an iceberg breaks off from a glacier. - "Catching as it unfolds, we can see its value".

Scientists have managed to capture on film the moment a huge iceberg breaks away from a glacier in eastern Greenland.

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The results after the iceberg breaking away from a glacier would stretch from lower Manhattan up to Midtown in New York City.

Scientists argue that this phenomenon not only lovely, but also causes an increase in water level in the sea. "Rising sea levels are a globally important issue which can not be tackled by one country alone", says U.K. Science Minister, Sam Gyimah.

The video shows a tabular (wide and flat) iceberg separate, then travel down the fjord where it smashes into another iceberg.

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. It contains enough water to cause a rise in sea level by 20 feet.

"Understanding how icebergs are melting, is important to model predictions, because in the end, they determine a global sea-level rise". Meanwhile, smaller pinnacle icebergs, which are tall and thin, can be seen calving off and flipping over. "The better we understand what's going on means we can create more accurate simulations to help predict and plan for climate change".

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