Nasa shares stunning image of perfectly rectangle iceberg in Antarctica

Nasa shares stunning image of perfectly rectangle iceberg in Antarctica

We tend to think of icebergs as jagged and pointy, with the bulk beneath the surface, and with a penchant for ruining DiCaprio romances.

NASA's ongoing, decades-long survey of polar ice has yielded some truly incredible photographs over the years, but one recent still captured what appears to be a perfectly, nearly impossibly rectangular iceberg.

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

Tabular icebergs are wide and flat due to the way they form: because they calve from floating ice shelves, there's no friction with the ocean floor to hinder breakage, The Washington Post reports.

NASA photographed this tabular iceberg that split from the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Operation IceBridge refers to the formation as a tabular iceberg and says it was found floating in the sea ice just off the Larsen C ice shelf in the Antarctic.

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"I often see icebergs with relatively straight edges, but I've not really seem one before with two corners at such right angles like this one", Operation IceBridge senior support scientist Jeremy Harbeck said.

The spectacular photo of a massive rectangular iceberg with perfectly pointed edges, taken by a NASA research aircraft last week, left people scratching their heads as to how on earth this was possible. Typically, only 10 percent of an iceberg is visible above the water.

Last summer an iceberg known as A-68 detached itself and had a surface area of over 2,000 miles. This iceberg looks pretty fresh, she said. In the open water, grease ice is forming. We get the type that everyone can envision in their head that sank the Titanic, and they look like prisms or triangles at the surface and you know they have a insane subsurface.

"What makes this one a bit unusual is that it looks nearly like a square", she added.

But it's now on the move, according to Professor Mark Brandon of the Open University - who says the iceberg "will not be stopped easily".

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