VIDEO: Largest Glacier Calving Ever Filmed

The event lasted 75 minutes at the Ilulissat Glacier in Greenland
Staff Writer

The Ilulissat Glacier, also known as the Jakobshavn Glacier, has been studied for more than 250 years and has helped scientists understand climate change and icecap glaciology.

While filming their documentary Chasing Ice in 2008 with James Balog, videographer Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski captured an historic event: the largest glacier calving ever caught on video.

The calving occurred on the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland and lasted 75 minutes. Over that time, the glacier retreated one mile. The slice in the ice was three miles wide. An explanation in the video gives some perspective:

“It’s as if the entire lower tip of Manhattan broke off, except that the thickness—the height of it—is equivalent to buildings that are two and a half or three times higher than they are,” the narrator says. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet.

Chasing Ice has had great success top film festivals. Its honors include the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the award for Best Documentary from the International Press Association and an academy award nomination for best original song.

To watch the trailer for the film, click here. The film is currently in theatres. 

H/TThe Ski Journal.