Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

NASA spotted a rectangular iceberg in Antarctica during survey

NASA spotted a rectangular iceberg in Antarctica during survey

Bigger picture: "The iceberg's sharp angles and flat surface indicate that it probably recently calved from the ice shelf", according to a statement from NASA.

This panorama of the entire tabular iceberg was edited together from two images taken while flying past the 'berg on October 16, 2018.

The scientist who all are involved in this operation has now released the original photo of that rare rectangular iceberg which was taken in the last week.

Because the world was absolutely not satisfied before, NASA has released even more images of that baffling, almost perfectly rectangular-shaped iceberg.

Senior support scientist Jeremy Harbeck noticed the iceberg just off the Larsen C ice shelf. Tabular A and Tabular B, along with a number of other similar sheet-cake bergs in the area, are products of that same breakup, NASA scientist John Sonntag said in a newly released video featuring footage from Harbeck's flyover.

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Previously published photos, as in Chile from the glacier broke off a huge iceberg. The too-good-to-be-true rectangular iceberg was spotted near the Larsen C, the Delaware-sized ice shelf famous for breaking off the Antarctic Peninsula in July 2017.

Another rectangular iceberg spotted by the IceBridge team.

The newly-released image shows the edge of our new favorite iceberg, another slightly less squared iceberg, and A68 (Larsen C's long-lost iceberg child) in the distance. A photo of the iceberg (seen at right) was widely shared after it was posted on social media.

The flight originated from Punta Arenas, Chile, as part of a five-week-long IceBridge deployment, which began October 10 and is scheduled to conclude November 18.

Tabular icebergs crack off the edges of ice shelves. It's now in the midst of a five-week project to chart icebergs in the Northern Antarctic Peninsula, a mission that's scheduled to conclude on 18 November.

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