Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

NASA spots not one but two rectangular icebergs in Antarctica

NASA spots not one but two rectangular icebergs in Antarctica

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

Iceberg found near the ice shelf of Larsen, which he might split.

Operation IceBridge is the longest-running aerial survey of polar ice, according to NASA. Previously, NASA has launched a project to search for extraterrestrial civilizations.

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. A photo of the iceberg (seen at right) was widely shared after it was posted on social media.

Operation IceBridge, NASA's longest-running aerial survey of polar ice, flew over the northern Antarctic Peninsula on October 16, 2018. "I was actually more interested in capturing the A68 iceberg that we were about to fly over, but I thought this rectangular iceberg was visually interesting and fairly photogenic, so on a lark, I just took a couple photos", Harbeck said.Another rectangular iceberg spotted by the IceBridge team.

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A68, which is about the size of the state of DE, calved off the Larsen C ice shelf in July of 2017. 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 November 18. Though they may appear too ideal 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.

That's the case with a rectangular-shaped iceberg spotted by a NASA mission over the Antarctic Sea.

Just past the rectangular iceberg, which is visible from behind the outboard engine, IceBridge saw another relatively rectangular berg and the A68 iceberg in the distance.

The panorama below shows the whole iceberg.

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