What's Going On With That Bizarre Rectangular Iceberg?

24 October, 2018, 16:27 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Stock image  Pixabay

And when they do break, it's usually geometrical in shape.

Flying 1,500 feet above the Antarctic coast, NASA scientists recently passed over a bizarrely straight-edged rectangular iceberg and snapped a picture of the floating slab.

NASA's Operation IceBridge captured this image in one of its airborne surveys of the earth's polar ice caps.

It's described as a "tabular iceberg" - with steep sides and a flat top, typically formed by "snapping off" from an ice shelf, experts say.

The US space agency's explanation that the odd-looking iceberg's sharp angles and flat surface was an indication that it had recently broken off from a larger iceberg didn't seem to cut it online.

They're usually formed when breaking off from ice shelves; in this case, it likely came from the deteriorating Larsen C-the same shelf that saw a 2,200 square-mile, trillion-ton iceberg break away past year.

The odd mass, known as an angular iceberg, was spotted during a flyover of the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

UK's May tries to calm Brexit rebels, says deal nearly done
The EU has proposed a backstop that would involve Northern Ireland remaining in the EU customs union and large parts of its single market.

Pentagon: Mattis, Pres. Trump 'Completely Aligned' On Nuclear Treaty Withdraw
However, withdrawing from the treaty will only accelerate a nuclear arms race, leaving us far less safe, " she said. Signed in 1987, the INF resolved a crisis over Soviet nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles targeting Western capitals.

'Cristiano Ronaldo Learned From Paul Scholes At Manchester United'
Here I have many memories of victories and affection, and in particular with Sir Alex Ferguson , to whom I send a big hug. Alexis Sanchez will miss Manchester United's Champions League clash with Juventus on Tuesday, Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

It's ideal edges are formed by breaking off ice shelfs with clear precision but are rarely kept in that state for very long.

"We get two types of icebergs: 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", Brunt said.

A huge crack has been spreading across the Antarctic Lasen C ice shelf for many years, but it began accelerating late last year. Once they split from an ice shelf, they are often geometric in shape.

The angular berg is called a tabular iceberg.

"[Icebergs] look like these lovely pristine white things from a distance, but if you look a little closer, they're really mangled and full of cracks", she says. Brunt added that only about 10 percent of the iceberg's mass is visible, the rest being underwater.

It's hard to tell exactly how big the iceberg is from the photo, but experts said it was probably more than 1.6km (1 mile) across.

Recommended:

  • Sergio Garcia wins third straight Andalucia Valderrama Masters title

    Sergio Garcia wins third straight Andalucia Valderrama Masters title

    Lowry finished four shots behind home favourite Garcia in second after carding seven birdies and a double bogey in his final-round 66.
    Former NFL Player, Sacramento Standout Rae Carruth Released From Prison

    Former NFL Player, Sacramento Standout Rae Carruth Released From Prison

    He was born a month prematurely with cerebral palsy, as a result of injuries sustained in the shooting , according to ESPN . He was in the third year of a promising National Football League career and boasted a net worth of approximately $368,000.

    Cowboys Trade First-Round Pick To Raiders For Amari Cooper

    If front office boss Reggie McKenzie gets an offer he can't refuse for a guy like Gareon Conley, perhaps, it could be open season. The disappointing Oakland Raiders can be looked at in a lot of different ways right now, but boring clearly isn't one of them.
  • India beat West Indies by 8 wickets in 1st ODI

    India beat West Indies by 8 wickets in 1st ODI

    Rohit Sharma in his ODI career hit 6 150s that means he got a chance to hit more than 150 runs in the ODI career for six times. Shimron Hetmyer (L) of West Indies celebrates with teammate Jason Holder after scoring his third ODI hundred.
    Kanye West’s Surprise for Kim Kardashian for Her Birthday

    Kanye West’s Surprise for Kim Kardashian for Her Birthday

    Kanye surprised her with an extravagant display of magenta blooms for her birthday, while playing the piano (of course). "All I want is privacy".
    New Report Reveals Why Netflix and Marvel Cancelled Luke Cage

    New Report Reveals Why Netflix and Marvel Cancelled Luke Cage

    New reports claim creative differences ultimately forced the Marvel fan favorite to have its run end after just two seasons. Coincidentally, the initial " Luke Cage " season two trailer features Rakim's "I Ain't No Joke" classic . "A lot memories.
  • New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

    New 'Halloween' Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

    He plays a hard-drinking musician who falls in love with a young singer (Lady Gaga), only to see her star rise as his plunges. Tom Hardy stars as a journalist who becomes the super powerful host for an alien creature.
    Explosive found near home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros

    Explosive found near home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros

    The bomb squad deactivated the device, and authorities have said there is no further threat to the area, according to the Journal. Soros, 88, is well known as a lightening rod for criticism from those who oppose his strong financial support for liberal causes.
    WWE star Roman Reigns reveals battle with leukemia

    WWE star Roman Reigns reveals battle with leukemia

    Social media is already awash with support for Roman, and we'd like to join everybody in wishing him a full recovery. Below is a statement from WWE about Reigns' battle with leukemia.
  • 'Go to an early election; get smashed': NSW Liberal's advice to Morrison

    'Go to an early election; get smashed': NSW Liberal's advice to Morrison

    He repeated at a news conference his Saturday night message that the result demonstrated the great anger over the leadership coup. Independent Bob Katter said he did not want to see the government destabilised or an early election called.
    Elon Musk Announces Hyperloop Test Tunnel Opening Date

    Elon Musk Announces Hyperloop Test Tunnel Opening Date

    Responding to comments on Twitter , Musk said there would be an opening event that night and "free rides for the public next day". One of the proposed routes would take passengers from the USA capital - the District of Columbia, to NY in under 30 minutes.

    'Halloween Scares Up $77.5M in Ticket Sales

    Films such as " Get Out ", " A Quiet Place " and "It" have all surprised Hollywood in recent years with big box office totals. The picture represents another win for Blumhouse Productions and its distributor, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures .


Popular

Ex-boyfriend killed former Pullman High track star, police say
Police say that Rowland shot McCluskey; authorities say they had recently dated for about a month before McCluskey ended things. University President Ruth Watkins said the university canceled classes Tuesday and scheduled a 5 p.m. vigil for McCluskey.

Mohammed bin Salman, Donald Trump, and the Bipartisan Brotherhood with Saudi Arabia
The Group of Seven industrial nations said in a joint statement that the killing left "many questions unanswered". "These penalties will not be the last word on this matter", Mr Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.

Pompeo On Khashoggi Recording: 'I've Heard No Tape, I've Seen No Transcript'
Kislakci claimed that the tapes reveal that after Khashoggi went into the Saudi embassy, he was given documents to sign. The Post initially held off on publishing the column amid hope for Khashoggi's return, Attiah said.

BriefNetanyahu postpones razing of controversial Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin village
Israeli authorities say the small village, located east of Jerusalem along a road leading to the Dead Sea, was built illegally. Khan al-Ahmar directly abuts Highway 1, a strategically critical route that links Jerusalem with the south of the country.

Magnitude 6.8 quake shakes off Canada’s west coast
According to the United States Geological Survey, there were three strong quakes to shake the area in quick succession. Geological Survey says that a 3.1 magnitude quake has been reported about 6.2 miles northeast of Oakhurst.

Healthy U: Mammograms still vital to catching breast cancer
The group of women receiving both the drug and hormone therapy also saw a delay before chemotherapy of nearly nine months longer. At some point I might need to move on to chemotherapy, but for the moment, palbociclib is doing the job.

Rotating Canada Post strike hitting Windsor first
The strike plan is contingent on if the union and Canada Post are unable to reach an agreement by midnight tonight. Striking Canada Post workers walked the picket line on a foggy Monday morning in Greater Victoria.

Migrant Caravan Grows to 5000
Mexican Federal Police, however, did not stop those migrants who crossed the river into Mexico by swimming or by using a raft. President Donald Trump has issued warnings about the caravan reaching the USA border.

Mega bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and China to open on Tuesday
A total of seven workers have died - and a further 129 injured - since construction began, with many having slipped or fallen. To allow ships through, a 6.7km section in the middle dips into an undersea tunnel that runs between two artificial islands.

No breakthrough but new Brexit headache for Theresa May — EU summit
Another big date arrives on January 21, 2019, when May faces a final deadline to send a Brexit deal to Parliament . The prime minister played down the idea at her own press conference following the European Council summit.