Titanic days

By Gareth Renowden 11/09/2009


Awesome (defined as extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear) time-lapse pictures of the calving face of the great glacier at Ilulisat, Greenland pouring ice into the ocean — the single biggest ice discharge of any northern hemisphere glacier. Greenlanders reckon this is where the iceberg that sank the Titanic originated. The ice face is huge — the helicopter at the beginning of the clip gives some sense of scale — but the ice is actually 1,000 metres thick at that point. This clip is only an appetiser for the Extreme Ice Survey’s James Balog providing more detail, and showing many more truly awe-inspiring images in a recent TED talk. Well worth 20 minutes of anyone’s time — as Balog says, it’s hard to ignore the evidence of what’s happening up North.

[Hat tip to Riatsala in a comment yesterday]