A video clip of a new film captures the moment an iceberg in Greenland begins to calve, making it the largest iceberg calving ever to be captured on film.
The video, from the film Chasing Ice, captures a 7.4 cubic km stretch of ice crashing off the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland. The movie, which is a production of The Co-operative, a UK company dedicated to clean energy and combating climate change, is part of the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS).
EIS began after acclaimed photographer, James Balog, completed photo assignments for The New Yorker and National Geographic in 2005 and 2006. The assignments, which were designed to document the changing landscape of glaciers and icebergs, inspired Balog to further document the vanishing glaciers. That documentation resulted in Chasing Ice.
Chasing Ice provides "undeniable evidence" of climate change. Balog deployed dozens of time-lapse cameras to record the changes in the glaciers of Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, the Himalayas and the US Rocky Mountains over a several year period. Those years have been compressed into seconds, showing how the ancient mountains of ice are moving, breaking apart and disappearing forever at an alarming rate.
The commentary Balog provides in the film is just as powerful as the images he captured. Admitting that he was once a climate change skeptic, he told New Scientist his observations of what was happening to these centuries old mammoth mounds of ice gave him a desperate desire to commit the ice to digital celluloid before it was too late.
The movie, which premiered December 3rd at the Ritzy Cinema in London, will have numerous screenings around the UK through March 2013.