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Amazing Video Shows Largest Glacier Calving Ever Caught On Camera (Video)

| by Sean Kelly
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Incredible footage (below) of what was called the largest glacier calving ever caught on video went viral.

The clip, originally posted on Dec. 14, 2012, showed the historic breakup of the Ilulissat Glacier in western Greenland in 2008. The glacier reportedly retreated 1 mile across a 3-mile-wide calving face and lasted for 75 minutes.

In the video, Adam LeWinter and Jeff Orlowski are preparing for the calving event — which begins shortly after the video starts. 

“Look at that!” one of the men exclaims as the massive calving takes place. 

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The height of the glacier is roughly 3,000 feet, with 300-400 feet being above water.

“The only way that you can really try to put it into scale with human reference is if you imagine Manhattan,” they explain. 

“And all of the sudden, all of those buildings start to rumble and quake and peel off and just fall over, and just roll around. This whole massive city, just breaking apart in front of your eyes.”

“We watched and recorded the largest witnessed calving event ever caught on tape.”

Sources: Earth Sky, YouTube / Photo credit: YouTube screenshot