At this year’s Oscars one of the Best Original Song nominations was Chasing Ice featuring Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell. It didn’t win (well done Adele) but it did bring some welcome exposure to documentary from whence it came. As the blurb goes, “Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.”
On May 28, 2008, the filmakers caught the breakup of the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. To give you some perspective, the calving event lasted for 75 minutes with the glacier retreating a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water. Astounding.