Mysterious rectangular iceberg found by NASA

Mysterious rectangular iceberg found by NASA

Wow, it's been incredible to see what a splash our photo of a tabular Antarctic iceberg, by #IceBridge's Jeremy Harbeck, has made.

Previously published photos, as in Chile from the glacier broke off a huge iceberg.

Large tabular icebergs located between Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf and the A-68 ice island, which calved off of the Larsen C a year ago, as seen on a NASA Operation IceBridge mission on October 16, 2018.

NASA's flying research laboratory carried the scientists around Antarctica. Harbeck and his colleagues were investigating this massive structure when the geometric shape was spotted.

The second iceberg is slightly less rectangular than the first, but has noticeably straight edges and corners.

"I was actually more interested in capturing the Delaware-sized A68 iceberg next to it we were about to fly over but thought this one was visually interesting and fairly photogenic, so on a lark, I just took a couple photos".

On Tuesday, it emerged that Mr Harbeck had spotted two rectangular icebergs on the same flyover.

Though a certain tabular iceberg has recently gained a bit of fame after its photo spread through social media like wildfire, it turns out that it wasn't the only oddly-shaped iceberg spotted by researchers earlier this month.

The new image also shows one corner of Tabular A poking above an engine of Harbeck's plane, as well as the enormous tabular berg known as A68 off in the distance. "And then you have what are called 'tabular icebergs'". These objects are remnants of the calving event that produced A68.

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. 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 18 November.

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