This glacier has retreated 9 miles in the past 10 years, more than it had retreated in the previous 100 years. Watch as a section larger than the tip of Manhattan calves into the ocean.
What do you think? Is global warming a natural event, a natural event exacerbated by mankind, or completely manmade?
The footage is epic, and the score is pretty amazing, too. It’s nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Original Song.”
at 4:11 pm
I realize this is only a clip, which could be taken out of context from a larger piece of work, but from what you posted: I at first thought it was really cool seeing Mother Nature at work.
Then I linked your title and questions with the end of the clip suggesting this is some sort of miraculous and horrifying event.
I don’t get it – this sort of things has been happening regularly (in Earth terms) since the last Ice Age – hasn’t it?
at 4:17 pm
Miracles happen every day. What I’m curious about is: Is this an unusually large occurance on nature’s terms, and do you think the globe is warming naturally or are we somehow intervening?
I used the filmmaker’s terms of “miraculous and horrifying,” as I think he was equating them to the magnitude of the event and how its scale seem horrifying large given our tiny human form in comparison. Not horrifying in terms of the end of the world.
So, is the planet heating up naturally, or are we having an impact on it? That’s really the point of the post.
at 9:42 am
Miracles may happen every day, but calving glaciers is not a miracle.
You want to talk about scale in nature? Look to the sky – its unimaginable how small humans are in the big picture.
The producers of this short clip hype it with music, graphics, and a jab at global warming that you picked up on; it’s too bad this cool video of nature at work got twisted to meet an agenda.
The science is pretty much settled that Earth has warmed substantially since the last Ice Age, “all by herself”. In fact, 10,000 years ago, the glacier that carved Puget Sound retreated on average 9 feet per day, for 200 years – from roughly Olympia, WA to Bellingham, WA. Is it possible that whatever caused that to happen, could be responsible for shrinking glaciers today?