The concept of an iceberg tipping over isn’t new. Everyone, not just scientists who are paid to care about this sort of stuff, is well aware that it happens every so often. But something about the event unfolding before your very eyes is jaw-dropping, and that’s probably why a Youtube video of an iceberg tipping over near the Upsala Glacier has picked up 275,000 views since originally being posted on May 27.
As noted by the user Osibaruch:
“This Iceberg was "calved" by Argentina's Uppsala glacier. While we were passing by it with a catamaran, the huge berg lost a part of itself (look at the right side sinking) and then flipped over with a huge roar. In the process of melting this happens all the time, but it is seldom that it is captured on video…”
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If the name “Upsala Glacier” sounds familiar, it may be because it’s often invoked in the global warming debate.
As noted by Yahoo, this was once the largest glacier in South America. However, allegedly because of climate change, it has been decreasing at a rate of 600 feet per year. For what it’s worth, though, the report does also acknowledge that some scientists believe that the melting has nothing to do with climate change. Make of that what you will.
Regardless of which side of the climate change debate you come down on, this much is undeniable: the above video is pretty remarkable.