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Footage captures moment 40m 'tower block' of ice splits from glacier

A tower block of ice has split off from a glacier less than a mile away from a ship on which Sky News is filming scientists as they trac...


A tower block of ice has split off from a glacier less than a mile away from a ship on which Sky News is filming scientists as they track the impact of climate change.

The huge slab, at least 40 metres high and weighing thousands of tonnes, toppled from the William Glacier on Anvers Island, Antarctica.

Dramatic footage filmed in the early hours by a crew mate on our British Antarctic Survey ship, the James Clark Ross, shows the berg sliding into the fjord, then spinning almost in slow motion as water and ice cascade down its sides.

The birth of the iceberg was part of a collapse that stretched half a mile across the glacier front and lasted for several minutes.

Chief officer Simon Wallace was watching on the bridge.

He told Sky News: "The whole world started moving. It was hard to take in just how much was going on at the same time.

"The front of the glacier just broke. It was like a sandcastle in the face of the sea. There was a distinct shift to the right and then it seemed to disappear.

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