NASA captures image of freakish, perfectly rectangular iceberg


A freaky iceberg has been spotted by NASA scientists - in the shape of a near-perfect rectangle. But alien conspiracy fans will be disappointed to learn that it's a naturally occurring phenomenon.

NASA scientists captured the image on an IceBridge flight, an airborne survey of polar ice.

She said there were two types of iceberg. In the photo published, one can only admire nature, which, in all its chaotic randomness, can produce nearly flawless geometric shapes on such a large scale.

The block of ice is suspiciously flawless for something that's fallen off an ice shelf, but in an interview with LiveScience an ice scientist with NASA and at the University of Maryland, Kelly Brunt, said the berg was formed from a process that's "fairly common".

The mysterious slab-like iceberg, up to a mile wide, was spotted near the Larsen C ice shelf, and the sharp angles hint that it broke off very recently. As explained by Kelly brunt, an ice specialist from the University of Maryland, there are icebergs, which are called smolopodobnyy (tabular icebergs). The sharpness of the edges indicates the iceberg had not yet been worn down by ocean waves.

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Just remember though, next time you see a weirdly rectangular iceberg, your eyes do not deceive you. "Tabular icebergs are rather like fingernails that crack of, giving them sharp edges".

A triangular tabular iceberg was also photographed for NASA during Operation Iceberg.

The mile-wide "tabular iceberg" was seen floating among sea ice off the Larsen C ice shelf by one of the United States space agency's research planes.

The northern Antarctic Peninsula is ice-covered and mountainous. The berg is in the shape of an nearly ideal rectangle.

It studies yearly changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets. As more ice calves from Larsen C, it makes the ice shelf less stable, and scientists fear this could cause another collapse like those seen with Larsen A and B.