Calving Glacier

This rare footage has gone on record as the largest glacier calving event ever captured on film, by the 2016 Guiness Book of World Records.

On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated 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.

Footage produced by James Balog ( and the Extreme Ice Survey (

Chasing Ice won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and a 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. It has won over 40 awards at festivals worldwide, and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, “Before My Time” by J. Ralph featuring Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell.


Graduated cylinders with marbles

Viscosity can be described as the thickness or thinness of a liquid.  A very viscous or high viscosity liquid is thick and a low viscosity liquid is thin.  A high viscosity liquid may have either more particles or more complex particles in a specific volume.  The resistance to flow demonstrated by a high viscosity liquid is sometimes the result of internal friction between the particles of the liquid.

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SciNews Thursday, February 25, 2016

50 million year old bird in Arctic; stress-related virus in coral reefs; volleyballene nets; 1/2 the world short-sighted by 2050; more about gravity waves;  tracking meteors – just a few of the themes in today’s eclectic collection of SciNews.  Share these stories with your students and get them excited about science.

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