Largest Iceberg Break Up Ever Captured On Film

December 12, 2012



This is a video of a GIANT 7.4 cubic km (~1.75 cubic mile) chunk of ice breaking off the Ilulissat glacier in Greenland (note: link has higher res video than I embedded after the jump). It was captured by James Balog as part of his documentary 'Chasing Ice', in an attempt to raise awareness about climate change. I'm not sure how the hell James had the patience to sit around waiting for the thing to start cracking, but my guess it took years of training watching grass grow. This particular scene is being billed as the largest iceberg break-up ever captured on film. The largest break up of all time? Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, hands down. My little sister still cries about what might have been. Haha, don't you Becky?! (She's never had a boyfriend)

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to Jason, who agrees that's definitely an ancient aquatic dinosaur being unearthed around the 2:00 mark.

  • NM JB

    Alien face @ 2:50 - 2:58

  • I like the genius who added the captions. White captions on a white background...FAIL.

  • Sirgio


    Get it? The waters cold ; )

  • Ana

    Not for long :(

  • That was nuts! Great opportunity to witness such a unique event. :D

  • Will Chamberland

    the largest event of its kind captured and by one of the worst camera persons I've seen in a while, no idea of scale, zooming, panning, get someone in the shot for comparison you dolts, pull back so we can see it all.

  • JJtoob

    Well, given that they are going to sell the footage, I understand they gave us the low res version with most horrible camera work. I am hoping they got some sort of remote controlled chopper and caught the event from above as well, I think that would be an angle I would appreciate better.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    that's what she said

  • ZomBBombeR

    You just had too. lol

  • zatoichi

    I watched this on my new Samsung 5-S-V tablet. It's frame is made from murdered Gaia bone shards. I love technology! Go us!


  • pfused

    thats what I thought too....

  • Guest

    Amazing, well done Earth!

    As a 21yr old Male I take pride in sharing that I am Intellegent, Handsome, Big/Powerful, and darn it even very Well Endowed. Even with all these blessings, I would have never imagined a video of ice breaking apart in the ocean would leave me feeling so insignificantly small while in a state of fascination and wonder.

  • Will Chamberland

    "I'm a child and have a big dick, and yet this ice thing makes my dick feel small, I'm amazed" and this is an example of the human ego at it's best. humans don't deserve to live on this planet.

  • Guest

    Ha ha ha! Your interpretation of my comment is very amusing, and you have bested me on this one! I simply tried my words in an dark area of humor I am not accustomed to and I guess no one else recognized the humor in it.

    However, it is foolish to say all of humanity is cognitively doomed and undeserving of life on Earth based off one comment; makes you sound like a "big dick" William!

  • vadersapp

    On the one hand, we're actively destroying our planet's ecosystem which is awful. on the other hand, coooooooool.

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy do understand that the planet has been going through this cycle well beyond the existence of man. We are insignificant to a planet that has been reforming itself for 4.5 billion years

  • vadersapp

    So you're wanting to tell me that not only are we not affecting that climate, but that the climate has actually cooled in the last 10 years? And that legitimate data shows this? Well, not only must you be intentionally seeking faulty and biased data, because I can show you a dozen independent research graphs that show exactly the opposite of what you claim, but also you're ignoring the very video upon which we're commenting. So, tell me. If the climate is actually getting cooler, then why are larger and larger chunks of ice breaking off the Arctic sheets? If the global temperatures are dropping, shouldn't the Arctic sheet be growing every year? Go on, deny what's obvious and troll the internet looking for sites showing the effects of global warming all you want to, but you're wrong and you're part of the problem.

  • Ancient dinosaur is redundant.

  • Ram

    Break-ups are fun to watch.

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