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Video: ‘Manhattan-Sized’ Iceberg Breaking off Greenland Caught on Film

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 12, 2012 Last Updated: December 18, 2012
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The upcoming Chasing Ice documentary, that will be released in several days, shows the largest-ever breaking off of an iceberg captured on camera.

Photographer James Balog, who recorded the ice-break, described the event to The Guardian as being similar to “Manhattan breaking apart in front of your eyes.” The part that broke of the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland was 7.4 cubic kilometers (4.6 cubic miles).

According to the documentary’s website, it is about Balog, a former climate change skeptic, deploying “revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.”

“His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate,” it continues. He traveled to capture scenes across the Arctic. 

To capture the massive Greenland ice-break Balog camped out with time-lapse cameras recording at all times, according to the website. 

A recent report published in late November shows that over the past two decades, the rate of ice-loss in Greenland has increased by five times. The report, which was commissioned by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also noted that Greenland loses around 263 billion tons of ice per year.

The report said that the decline of the Greenland and Antarctic ice has caused the world’s sea levels to rise by 11.1 millimeters, or 0.47-inch, over the past two decades.

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