Birth of a 'berg

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Episode 1 of 2

Duration: 1 hour

In the first programme, the team uncover the hidden forces that explain why the Store Glacier of Greenland produces so many icebergs. Naturalist Chris Packham works with scientists on a research yacht in the danger zone at the front of the glacier, whilst ocean specialist Helen Czerski explores the inside of the glacier itself. During the expedition the team witnesses the creation of an iceberg as a multimillion-ton block of ice bursts forth from the glacier.

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  • Birth of a 'berg

    In Part One the expedition will be setting up camp on the West coast of Greenland at the front of the colossal Store glacier. From here they’ll be trying to track the vast forces driving the creation of icebergs. Suspended from ropes above huge crevasses and sailing right up to the collapsing glacier-front, they hope to see how changes in the warm Arctic seas are weakening the front of the glacier.

    Meanwhile, high on the Greenland ice sheet other members of the team will be diving underwater into the enigmatic blue lakes. They hope to capture on camera one of these Arctic oases draining into the glacier in a cataclysmic vortex. Then they’ll be climbing down into the glacier’s heart in an attempt to follow the water as it forces its way through hundreds of metres of solid ice and accelerates the glacier.

    Above all, the team will be keeping the glacier front under surveillance by boat and helicopter. They’ll become ice chasers, trying to predict and film the very moment when a new mega-berg splits from the glacier front and collapses spectacularly into the ocean, creating a mini-tsunami.


Chris Packham
Helen Czerski
Andy Torbet
Chris van Tulleken
Matt Barrett
Series Producer
Andrew Thompson
Executive Producer
Mark Hedgecoe
Matt Barrett


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