Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Square-shaped iceberg off Antarctica splits from ice shelf

The B-15 iceberg is the world's largest free-floating object ever recorded The B-15 iceberg is the world's largest free-floating object ever recorded
Sandra Phillips | 23 October, 2018, 22:56

"The iceberg's sharp angles and flat surface indicate that it probably recently calved from the ice shelf", NASA ICE said Wednesday on Twitter.

It looks like it has been cut that way deliberately, but this huge iceberg is simply a wonderful display of nature's awesomeness and beauty.

The icy rectangle was likely formed by a process that's fairly common along the edges of icebergs, explained Nasa ice scientist Kelly Brunt, of the University of Maryland.

According to the National Snow & Ice Data Center, ice shelves are permanent floating sheets of ice that connect to a land mass.

Others simply posted photos of other majestic tabular icebergs.

UMBC JCET Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Christopher Shuman, who has been watching the Larsen C Ice Shelf explained that the main iceberg (which was the size of about the size of the state of DE when it split from the shelf in July) has had a previous series of collisions, resulting in larger and smaller fragments.

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"You can see at between 7-12 July 2018 the weather conditions and ocean currents conspire to swing the trillion tonnes of the giant iceberg A68 in an anticlockwise direction", he said.

She said: "We get two types of icebergs".

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

"What makes this one a bit unusual is that it looks nearly like a square", Brunt said, adding that it's probably not very old since wind and water have yet to soften its sharp edges.

In any case, users stressed that the iceberg certainly looked interesting, with several suggesting it reminded them of a scene out of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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