We have seen and cried over the devastation of Ondoy in 2009. We mourned over the deaths that Sendong caused in 2011. The massive destruction hammered by Pablo in 2012 was heartbreaking. And today, we prayed for the safety of not only the Filipinos, but also the world, because the ‘strongest’ typhoon, as reported by NASA, Haiyan stormed the archipelago as it made its landfall in the Visayas early yesterday morning named as Yolanda as it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
The graphic slides and videos of the super typhoon showed no mercy as it wrecked everything on its passages and creating storm surges, landslides, and flooding in the areas it whipped from the sunrise of Nov. 8, 2013. News reports from local and foreign agencies depicted Yolanda as if the worst nightmare of Filipinos to date. It already made five landfalls as it slightly weakened as it heads across the central Philippines. Five times.
But these typhoons we shouldn’t be worrying. These super and unusual typhoons were just a creation of something that is more disturbing. Ice calving.
Ice calving, also known as glacier calving or iceberg calving, is the breaking off of chunks of ice at the edge of a glacier. It is a form of ice ablation or ice disruption. 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. (Wikipedia)
It doesn’t sound frightening, right? Actually, it does.
Every time that these ice melt and break, these chunks liquefy, forms a vast body of water eventually sunk the solid ground where it holds the ice billions of years ago. Ice calving used to occur in a 100 to 1,000 years before another ice calving happens. But as the present earth’s climate deteriorates, from 2009 last ice calving, researchers have found out that the melting of the ice made frequent in the last 10 years.
Photographer James Balog captured these ice calving occurrence, saving images that showed a time-lapse ice calving sequences from more than 25 Nikon D200 cameras mounted in the most ice mountains and locations across the Arctic for three years. Chasing Ice was born.
Named as Extreme Ice Survey or EIS, Chasing Ice was a product of a decade of research, photography and video recordings by James and his team as they unraveled the mysteries of the melting ice in the North hemisphere. And through EIS, James realized how important for the entire population to know the existence of ice calving and its effect to the Earth‘s global warming and climate change.
How storms and typhoons are created
Call them hurricanes, cyclones, storms, and typhoons and they are all of the same weather phenomenon.
Critically acclaimed and a 2012 SUNDANCE Festival Excellence in Cinemaphotography Award in U.S. Documentary winner, James’ Chasing Ice clearly shows how these magnificent glaciers could change the landscape of the planet.
Chasing Ice does not only shows an iceberg the size of Manhattan roll over but also explains why we have these catastrophic storms and typhoons plundering across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
When glaciers melt, these vast body liquefies and the water in the ocean rises high eventually submerging those near low-lying islands or dry lands. And the possibility of creating a super typhoon is not far-fetched when the water rises high in the ocean. Ten years from now, we just don’t know how much amount of ice calving will occur and how much it will greatly affect Earth’s global warming and climate change.
Glaciers are a beautiful sight but the destruction to our planet once they melt away pose danger in our entire population.
Chasing Ice: The Movie
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, James Balog conceived the boldest expedition of his life: the Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
Directed by Jeff Orlowski, Chasing Ice was released in the United States on November 16, 2012.
To see this powerful movie, you may contact Goethe Institut at [email protected] who is responsible bringing this stunning yet shocking film for 2013 Science Film Festival that is currently running until Nov. 29, 2013 in select venues in the Philippines. Aside from Chasing Ice, the Science Film Festival will also feature other movies in its categories like Family Eduntainment; Ecology & Environment; Natural Science, Life Science & Technology; and Culture & History.
The Science Film Festival is also in partnership with the Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Energy – Renewable Energy Management Bureau. Last year’s Science Film Festival garnered around 65,000 audience most entirely of students from participating schools and universities.
Goethe Institut is headed by Dr. Petra Raymond, Director. Visit their website www.goethe.de/philippinenen for additional information.
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