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This Is Something You MUST SEE: The Largest Calving Glacier Ever Filmed

This rare footage has gone on record as the largest glacier calving event ever captured on film, by the 2016 Guiness Book of World Records. This truly is a magnificent thing to watch, the video below has OVER 42 million views on YouTube and once you watch it for yourself, you’ll know why. I must say, that after watching the entire four minute video, I was in awe. For me, it reinforces my belief that no matter how powerful mankind thinks he is, he’s just a small insignificant passenger on this planet, who is merely going along for the ride.

For those of you that don’t know what “ice calving” is, let me help you out.

According to Wikipedia:

Ice calving, also known as glacier calving or iceberg calving, is the breaking of ice chunks from the edge of a glacier. It is a form of ice ablation or ice disruption and is normally caused by the glacier expanding. It is the sudden release and breaking away of a mass of ice from a glacier, iceberg, ice front, ice shelf, or crevasse. The ice that breaks away can be classified as an iceberg, but may also be a growler, bergy bit, or a crevasse wall breakaway.
 
Calving of glaciers is often accompanied by a loud cracking or booming sound before blocks of ice up to 60 meters (200 ft) high break loose and crash into the water. The entry of the ice into the water causes large, and often hazardous waves.The waves formed in locations like Johns Hopkins Glacier can be so large that boats cannot approach closer than 3 kilometers (1.9 mi). These events have become major tourist attractions in locations such as Alaska.

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