Glacier in Retreat: Capturing a Cataclysm

You have to see this! It is the largest glacier calving ever filmed. It is not a time-lapse. It unfolded exactly as you see here. Watch to the end for a sense of the enormity of it.

From the documentary, Chasing Ice.

On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water. (From description of  “Chasing Ice” official video on YouTube.)

But wait .. before you watch, put on your headset or earbuds or at least turn up your volume. Make it full screen. Then prepare to be stunned.

(If the video is not showing properly below, then use this LINK )


More about the documentary:

Chasing Ice (in theaters now)

In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers….   (Read more on Chasing Ice)


See Director Jeff Orlowski chat with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about the film and the state of the Arctic.


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Comments (4)

Jess LaheyFebruary 6th, 2013 at 10:42 am

So glad you posted this. I spoke to someone recently who saw the entire documentary and said it was incredible. xo Jess

Heather M. O'ConnorFebruary 6th, 2013 at 10:58 am

Wonderful and majestic. And very sad.

Bill SwanFebruary 6th, 2013 at 11:05 am

Holy crap!
I’d seen this before, but on the full screen of my iMac 24, it’s stunning.

Do you think Margaret Wente and Laurence Solomon have seen this? Or is that not on their denial vision?

No global warming? Tell the polar bears. They’ll be happy to know.

KimFebruary 6th, 2013 at 11:12 am

I’d really like to see the whole documentary in the theater — BIG. If anyone knows where it’s playing in the GTA, please let me know. Thanks!

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