Massive chunk breaks off Greenland’s Helheim Glacier

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Researchers from NYU Abu Dhabi have caught an iceberg calving from a glacier in eastern Greenland on camera.

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. The researchers saw, LiveScience reports, "puffs of ice" tossed into the air as a new iceberg began to break off from the glacier. "By capturing how it unfolds, we can see, first-hand, its breath-taking significance".

That said, a recent video released by a team of scientists from New York University (NYU) shot on 22 June has shone an undeniably bright spotlight on the visual reality of climate change, showing a 6.5km glacier in eastern Greenland snap, break and release a giant chunk of ice.

It comes as scientists warn global warming could be even more disastrous than previously thought, bringing "unstoppable" sea level rises and scorching rain forests.

"Global sea-level rise is both undeniable and consequential". The contribution of Antarctica to sea-level rise remains small: only 7.6 mm in the period from 1992 to 2017. It's a tabular iceberg, long and flat; in the video, you can also see tall, thin pinnacle icebergs crack off and flip over.

He adds that the more they understand what is happening means that they can create a more accurate simulation to predict and plan for climate change.

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.

David Holland, an NYU professor responsible of leading the expedition to Greenland who described the Helheim glacier calving to be as wide and shallow "like a pancake" has clarified that a single section of this iceberg is just as big as lower and midtown Manhattan put together, and in this case being thrown into the ocean and sending it to drift until it eventually melts, causing global sea levels to rise.

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