Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Iceberg shaped like a colossal sheet cake drifts through Antarctic

Iceberg shaped like a colossal sheet cake drifts through Antarctic

Although it's often said that there are no straight lines or flawless 90-degree angles in nature, they do happen, albeit rarely.

NASA calls the captured design "a tabular iceberg, a type of iceberg both broad and flat", USA Today reports.

The rectangular iceberg appeared to be freshly calved from Larsen C, which in July 2017 released the mammoth A-68 'ice island, ' a chunk of ice about the size of the state of Delaware.

"The iceberg's sharp angles and flat surface indicate that it probably recently calved from the ice shelf".

There has been suggestion that the iceberg could have broken away from the shelf as a result of global warming.

In a world besieged by climate change-induced chaos and disruption, one satisfying image of order has emerged. "I've seen many icebergs around Antarctica that have very straight, very long sides", he said. It flew over the northern Antarctic peninsula on 16 October, with the aim of assessing changes in the ice height of several glaciers draining into the Larsen A, B, and C embayments. This berg hasn't been measured yet, but Brunt says it's about one mile across, which isn't not particularly large.

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.

And as with all icebergs only 10% of it is visible; the rest if buried below the surface of the water.

But, he added that "the presence of icebergs like these are a sign of increased calving".

Seen from space, this particular iceberg has a rich diversity of sharp-edged friends - and although it initially seemed perfectly rectangular, it's not.

In 2017, an iceberg the size of DE broke off from Larsen C. The trillion-ton chunk was one of the largest ever recorded.

It looks nothing like the craggy, uneven mass that sunk the Titanic, perhaps the most famous iceberg ever.

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