Ice, Ice Baby: Second Strange Rectangular Iceberg Spotted in Antarctica

Katie Ramirez
October 28, 2018

"These icebergs broke off recently, sharp corners and smooth surface indicates that the gap occurred recently", they say in NASA.

The iceberg is considered to be from the Larsen C ice shelf, which is about the size of Delaware.

You may recall the first image, which was taken by the NASA's IceBridge, a fleet of research aircraft dedicated to studying Earth's polar ice by measuring annual changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets. Previously, NASA has launched a project to search for extraterrestrial civilizations.

During Operation IceBridge's October 16 aerial survey, in addition to finding that now-viral iceberg, (sometimes referred to as tabular A) senior support scientist Jeremy Harbeck also spotted one other rectangular berg floating by.

When the IceBridge scientists reveal the new photos of this, it has shown that the iceberg's true shape and form that it came to know that this is not the flawless rectangular.

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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.

NASA's statement also mentioned that it is the same ice sheet from which an ice chunk, the size of DE, had separated in July 2017.

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. The exploration is a part of a five-week long deployment which is scheduled to be concluded on November 18. Though they may appear too flawless to be formed by nature, "tabular" icebergs are relatively common, such as the Pobeda Ice Island that forms periodically off the coast of East Antarctica by a tabular iceberg running aground.

Why?: Kelly Brunt, an ice scientists from NASA, told Live Science there's a reason for the iceberg appearing like a ideal rectangle.

Just past the now-famous iceberg, NASA also captured another iceberg that was relatively rectangular. But in the released picture of that, it has shown only a portion of that iceberg.

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