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Scientists in eastern Greenland captured an incredible scene on video: the moment an iceberg measuring 4 miles (6 kilometers) long, separated from the Helheim Glacier and drifted away. However, this ice sheet is becoming small due to increased melting and warming temperatures in the region mean more loss of ice.

But there is much that scientists have yet to learn about how and why this large-scale breakage happens, which makes it hard to predict when glaciers will fall apart, and how much that glacier disintegration will affect sea levels over time, David Holland, leader of the research team and a professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematics and NYU Abu Dhabi, told Live Science.

Denise Holland, a research team field manager with NYU, caught the eye-opening occurrence on video, which condenses 30 minutes of activity down to about 90 seconds.

Greenland's Helheim Glacier has lost a massive chunk of ice to the ocean. - "Catching as it unfolds, we can see its value".


The results after the iceberg breaking away from a glacier would stretch from lower Manhattan up to Midtown in New York City. It's a tabular iceberg, long and flat; in the video, you can also see tall, thin pinnacle icebergs crack off and flip over.

In April this year, New York University received a $2.1 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to better understand Antarctic glaciers and the forces behind sea-level rise.

A team of scientists led by David Holland, a professor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematics and NYU Abu Dhabi, shot the video.

According to the study conducted by researchers from 17 countries and published by Geoscience, there could be a 20-foot rise in sea level, leading to mass flooding. This can give researchers a sense of how the overall global climate is changing. Documenting an event such as this in its entirely can pave the way for more precise simulations, experts say, and help us determine how large icebergs may affect future sea levels.

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