Perfectly rectangular iceberg found in Antarctica

Perfectly rectangular iceberg found in Antarctica

NASA has discovered some odd and wonderful things in this world - their latest being this enormous, flawless table iceberg floating away in Antarctica.

A photograph taken on October 16 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) team shows sharp-angled, tabular, flat and smooth iceberg floating off the coast of northern Antarctica.

But that's exactly what NASA captured in an image posted on Twitter of an iceberg in what appears to be the shape of a ideal rectangle. But these are just one of two kinds of iceberg classified by shape, called non-tabular icebergs.

According to Brant, the process of formation of such ice-like growth of the nail plate: when a piece of the ice shelf grows too large, it breaks off. The nearly ideal 90-degree angles of this slab of ice may puzzle many people, making them think that this geometrical shape was deliberately carved with a enormous chainsaw.

On Twitter, users joked that Mother Nature must have made it with a chainsaw and that this must be the ice wall flat-earthers talk about. When an iceberg breaks off from a shelf of floating ice like Larsen C, there's no friction controlling how it breaks up. "We get two types of icebergs", she said.

However, there is no giant conspiracy around the perfectly rectangular slab of ice.

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Sometimes, these tabular icebergs are huge in size, measuring hundreds of miles in length and hundreds of feet in height. "If you look at the recent icebergs that calved of iceberg A-68 (near Larsen C), you will see that many of them have pretty "rectangularish" shapes".

This new one hasn't been measured, and it's hard to gauge its size from just this photograph, but it's not even almost approaching that size.

Apparently, this iceberg broke away from Larsen With a shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula.

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

Scientists say that the iceberg is unstable, and new cracks can develop it at any time. Tabular icebergs are more common than people realise. Brunt added that only about 10 percent of the iceberg's mass is visible, the rest being underwater.

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