Filmmakers Set Up Camera on Ice, End Up Capturing Largest Glacier Calving Ever Filmed

Filmmakers Adam LeWinter and Jeff Orlowski got the spectacle of a lifetime when filming “Chasing Ice”.

For a full 75 minutes, they watched the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland crumble. This was the largest glacier calving to ever be recorded – and it was an extraordinary sight to say none the least.

It’s pretty hard to describe a glacier break-up in person, but the YouTube Channel Exposure Labs described it as a 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.

The event was a mix between “magical” and “horrible”.

When trying to put the event in perspective, they said, “The only way that you can really try to put it into scale with human reference is if you imagine Manhattan…and all of a sudden all of those buildings just start to rumble, and quake, and peel off, fall over, and roll around. This whole massive city just breaking apart in front of your eyes.”

Watch the glacier calving in the video below:


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