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Chasing Ice. Largest Ice Calving Event Ever Witnessed

Chasing Ice.  The Largest Ice Calving Event Ever Witnessed.

This extraordinary event took place in Iceland, it's called Ice Calving.  An enormous amounts of glacier Ice breaks away from the main glacier and falls into the ocean. This video captures the major part of this calving event, however the, total event last over 75 minutes.  The ice is visibly over 300 feet high, but as much as 3,000 feet is below the water line.  Regardless if you follow the concerns of Global warming or not this video touches on that.  Chasing Ice is a new documentary out by National Geographic.  Take a look at this incredible piece of footage!

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Comment balloon 41 commentsJohn McCormack, CRS • February 25 2013 06:05AM


John, The power of nature's force is scary and awesome at the same time. I admire the photographers that capture this type of occurence.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 7 years ago
John, wow that was incredible... I wasn't expecting to see anything quite so expansive.
Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 7 years ago

Wow, that is really incredible.  Nature is so powerful.  Thx so much for sharing.  That is amazing to watch.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Johnb: What an amazing video and a reminder that mother nature is a force we do not completely understand.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 7 years ago

John, I love watching nature in action and this is an incredible view of a glacier calving / halving itself..thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hi John.  Paula and I saw that happening while on an Alaskan cruise. Very impressive.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 7 years ago

John, to witness it while on a cruise is incredible! It truly demonstrates the force of nature in action. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 7 years ago

Good morning John. This is an incredible video. I don't know how anyone could watch this and deny global warming. Thank you for sharing this.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 7 years ago

They described it best as a horror and a miracle. Can you imagine being there and seeing something on that scale? It would be so frightening, but yet something I couldn't take my eyes off of.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 7 years ago

John, pretty incredible to watch. I can't imagine filming that. The stat at the end about it breaking off the same distance in the last 10 years as it took 100 years before is staggering.

Posted by Kim Gaston, Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987 (RE/MAX Advantage Realty) over 7 years ago

John- This video is really cool to watch. It amazes me that it could be as much as 3,000 feet below the water line, that's incredible!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) over 7 years ago

It is hard to imagine something of this magnitude.  I love watching things like this but from the safety of my own home please!  :)

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi John, I've been to Iceland and I've seen this video and it is amazing.  But make no mistake, global warming is real and we will be suffering some unwanted consequences.

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) over 7 years ago

You hear about this kinda stuff but until you actually see it, it's hard to fathom. Whether you believe in global warming or not, our world is changing! I know the weather patterns are much different than when I was a kid. I grew up in a house without air conditioning... in Florida! Try that now...

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 7 years ago

Hi John - that is pretty incredible and best watched on YouTube and not in person!! Regards Dave

Posted by David Grbich, Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484 (Realty One Group - over 7 years ago

This is absolutely incredible John! I can only imagine how magnificent to see up close and perosnal.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Thanks, John, for sharing this video.

Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 7 years ago

I remember seeing the Mendenhall Glacier calving when I grew up in Juneau - it's an amazing sight and the sound is equally as impressive. I'll have to see that National Geographic special, my son has done several projects with them - not sure if this is one of them or not. Could be...


I do know the glacier has receded in dramatically since I was a little girl - the ice seems to be disappearing. I keep hoping the weather cycles ( and our bad habits) will change in time to save all the related critters that will be affected - 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 7 years ago

John, WOW, would that be something to witness, but thinking about Global Warming is a serious concern.   Last summer we in Denver had 105 several days in a row, which is much higher than normal here.   It will only get worse.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 7 years ago

Incredible John, Can only imagine how impressive this must be in person and the sound must be amazing too!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 7 years ago

WoW! What an amazing event. I really enjoyed the time lapse and video. I hope to try some time lapse this year too. Now I need to find a glacier.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 7 years ago


Love this footage, Nat Geo is an amazing company, and thank you for finding something delightful and interesting with us, Happy Monday, A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 7 years ago

I saw this from a friend of mine a few weeks ago and never thought of posting it here.  Truly awe inspiring video .

Posted by Scott Larson, Park City, Utah Real Estate News (BHHS/Utah Properties) over 7 years ago

Hey John,  Kind of looks like my backyard right now.  Very cool

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 7 years ago


Amazing and very concerning! I've never heard of the term 'ice calving' before, and here I am in the far north while you're down in the sunny south.
We were at the Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto over the weekend and talked with a man who owns Inns at old lighthouse stations in Newfoundland. You can sit on the decks at his inns and watch huge icebergs float by. We're hoping to travel there next year to see the icebergs and the whales (not to mention the outstanding natural scenery and beauty).


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 7 years ago

Beautiful footage John, thanks for sharing.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) over 7 years ago


That video is very scary and OMG! We have a friend who insists it is climate change not global warming.. This video puts things into a whole different perspective.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 7 years ago

Okay, definitely going to have to seek out that documentary now! WOW!

Posted by Mary Elizabeth Allen over 7 years ago

Hi John - Very cool video. We saw a few much smaller ones in Antarctica, and they were still very impressive to watch. Thanks for sharing this.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 7 years ago

That is an amazing video to see except for the fact that it is not good news for our planet Earth.


Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 7 years ago

That is an amazing video John.   It's hard to imagine how huge it was. 

Posted by Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties ( Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816) over 7 years ago

Good evening John.

A great video to watch.

Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 7 years ago

Good evening John, that is absolutely amazing.  Can you even begin to imagine what is happening under water.  Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) over 7 years ago

John - That was so cool to watch.  If you've ever wondered how those icebergs get out into the ocean and into the shipping lanes, this tells the story.  What an impressive event!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 7 years ago

John it is an incredible view, i have had it with ice though, bring on summer.

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 7 years ago

Hi John,

Amazing video and looks like places I have lived in the past before. Thanks for sharing this great video.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago


Isn't this the place where the do the annual ice hotel? Talk about taking advantage of all the natural stuff. His frozen tundra to you, cheers cvc

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) over 7 years ago

Wow - impactful video. I am a wee bit obsessed with documentaries and this one is on the list of next up to watch. The thought of our planet being void of many snow-bound creatures due to events such as this is very saddening! I hope we can make enough changes in enough time to stop the destruction. 

Posted by Erin Bates (CMG Financial and Expansion Marketing Services) over 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing that, John. That is incredible and I'll be looking for the show. Kind of scary to think that those big chunks are floating around out there.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 7 years ago

We experienced this when we visited Alaska. It's one of those things that, no matter how awesome it looks on the video, it is a ZILLION times more AWESOME in person. 

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 7 years ago

Nice post! Thanks I really enjoyed reading it! Keep posting.


Posted by adinalee111 over 7 years ago