Scientists capture iceberg breaking away from a glacier in Greenland

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. Such events could help researchers understand how glaciers will respond to natural variability and human-induced changes.

The glacier would stretch from lower Manhattan to Midtown in NYC, as illustrated here.

"Understanding how icebergs are melting, is important to model predictions, because in the end, they determine a global sea-level rise". But there is much that scientists have yet to learn about how and why this large-scale breakage happens, which makes it hard to predict when glaciers will fall apart, and how much that glacier disintegration will affect sea levels over time, David Holland, leader of the research team and a professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematics and NYU Abu Dhabi, told Live Science.

Denise Holland, a research team field manager with NYU, caught the eye-opening occurrence on video, which condenses 30 minutes of activity down to about 90 seconds. "By capturing how it unfolds, we can see, first-hand, its breath-taking significance".

Alarming footage shows a four-mile-long iceberg breaking off a glacier in Greenland in the latest example of the devastating effects of climate change.

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The process by which ice breaks away from a glacier is known as calving.

"Global sea level rise is undeniable and consistent".

Thus far, according to the NYU scientists, the Thwaites Glacier-part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet-has already drained a mass of water that's roughly the size of Florida. Meanwhile, smaller pinnacle icebergs, which are tall and thin, can be seen calving off and flipping over.

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 focused on the Thwaites Glacier. "And here we can see his unbelievable significance", notes the study's lead author David Holland, Professor, Institute of mathematics NY.

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