Scientists have shown how a huge iceberg broke away from Greenland

The video depicts a tabular, or wide and flat, iceberg calve off and move away from the glacier. The resulting iceberg, broken off from Greenland's Helheim Glacier, would stretch.

A 2017 estimate suggested that a collapse of the entire Western Antarctic Ice Sheet would result in a 10-feet-rise in sea level - enough to overwhelm coastal areas around the globe, including New York City, according to the researchers.

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. This attracted a lot of attention to an extraordinary event, because such data was compared to the distance from the bottom to the middle of Manhattan in NY.

Sea levels are rising and one of the culprits is the loss of ice from glaciers and ice sheets, victims of a warming planet.

Greenland's glaciers are more accessible, so Holland and his colleagues have spent a decade collecting data and observing glacier behavior in Greenland - and this time they just happened to be perfectly positioned to witness an iceberg splitting away, research team member Denise Holland, the logistics coordinator for NYU's Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Global Sea Level Change, told Live Science. "By capturing how it unfolds, we can see, first-hand, its breath-taking significance".

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Understanding how calving events take place is, the researchers say, important for developing simulations for sea-level rise brought about by climate change.

He adds that the more they understand what is happening means that they can create a more accurate simulation to predict and plan for climate change.

This is what it looks like when an iceberg calves from a glacier. Apart from the large chunk thin and tall icebergs known as pinnacle bergs also drift out to sea. It may also offer a chance to study iceberg calving.

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

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