Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

NASA spotted a rectangular iceberg in Antarctica during survey

NASA spotted a rectangular iceberg in Antarctica during survey

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 ideal rectangular. The team will continue their work until November 18th, so perhaps we have a few more interesting icebergs to look forward to over the coming weeks. 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.

The us space Agency NASA showed a picture of an iceberg a ideal rectangular shape, with smooth surface and sharp angles.

The images of the unusually shaped iceberg were captured by Jeremy Harbeck on NASA's Operation IceBridge, an aerial survey of polar ice, when it flew over the northern Antarctic Peninsula on October 16, 2018.

The second iceberg is slightly less rectangular than the first, but has noticeably straight edges and corners. Tabular icebergs are the products of calving ice shelves-when large chunks of ice suddenly break loose-and they're known for their highly angular lines and smooth tops.


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 new image also shows one corner of Tabular A poking above an engine of Harbeck's plane, as well as the very big tabular berg known as A68 off in the distance.

In a new Operation IceBridge NASA video, shared this week, mission scientist John Sonntag provides commentary on the footage from an flight on 16 October over the tabular iceberg.

Non-tabular icebergs are the ones we tend to think about in the more traditional sense, but our steep-sided and flat-topped friends have something in common with their more recognizable cousins: they likely take on a more geometric shape below the surface, making them just as hazardous for passing ships.

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