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The Largest Glacial Calving Event Ever Filmed

 

National Geographic photographer and filmmaker James Balog has recently been on NPR, given a TED talk, and spoken to several news outlets about his film Chasing Ice. Last month he joined us aboard National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica, where we screened his film and he spoke with guests. And this summer, though Balog won’t be aboard, Explorer will venture to Ilulissat glacier—where his crew filmed the largest glacial calving event ever recorded.

There is limited space aboard to join us on the expedition, Fabled Lands of the North: Greenland, Baffin Island, Newfoundland & Labrador.

A Rift Grows in the Antarctic Ice


A year ago NASA researches flying over Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier noticed a massive rift in the ice running for 18 miles across part of the glacier’s floating tongue. On a more recent flyover, they’ve recorded a second rift and noted that the original open further. When the rift finally reaches all the way across the ice, the glacier will calve and fall into the sea creating an enormous iceberg in Pine Island Bay. In the past, large icebergs have calved off Pine Island Glacier, but this will be the largest in decades and will leave the front of the glacier farther back than any other time in the recent past.

NASA has an animation of the rift forming over the past year online. And if you’d like to explore Antarctica for yourself, join us there aboard National Geographic Explorer.