When you look at certain images, it might be difficult to believe that the picture was not altered using Photoshop in some way. This is an example of one of such pictures. The ICE team at NASA, which is responsible for polar research, recently uploaded a peculiar photo of an iceberg on Twitter. The iceberg seemed to have virtually the exact shape of a rectangle.
The picture was captured by NASA’s Operation IceBridge, a group of research planes that fly over the polar regions of the Earth and take pictures of the ice there.
This odd phenomenon was seen close to the Larsen C ice shelf, which made headlines in July 2017 when a significant portion of it separated off the Antarctic Peninsula. You are most likely used to seeing icebergs in a variety of peculiar geometric forms.
On the other hand, this specific iceberg is what’s known as a tabular iceberg, and as their name suggests, they have steep sides and a flat top.
NASA ice scientist Kelly Brunt from the University of Maryland described this specific square form as “a bit unusual,” adding that it was probably approximately 1.6 kilometers (one mile) broad. Brunt made these comments in an interview with Live Science.
And despite the fact that it seems to be level on top, it most likely conceals a more iceberg-like geometric structure under the surface. The iceberg known as B-15 was likewise a tabular iceberg, despite being the biggest one ever documented.
B-15 was seen breaking away from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica in March of 2000. It measured 295 kilometers (183 miles) in length and 37 kilometers (23 miles) in width.
According to Science Alert, the sharp angles of this most recent iceberg provide evidence that it was just recently formed (calved) from the glacier. Over the course of time, the wind and the waves will begin to destroy its clean edges.
However, it is an interesting look at how these icebergs may take on a variety of forms, including ones that seem to be regular but do not appear to be genuine at all. This is not the only piece of iceberg-related news that has come our way recently. The moment when a massive iceberg separated from a glacier in eastern Greenland and floated away was recorded on video by scientists one month ago.
This iceberg was similarly a big and flat tabular iceberg, and it was joined by a number of smaller pinnacle icebergs, which were taller and thinner slabs of ice. In addition, tabular icebergs often fracture and break apart, maybe as a result of a collision; this results in a less uniform shape.
Just keep in mind that the next time you encounter an iceberg that is oddly rectangular in shape, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. despite the fact that it seems really strange.
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