Mother Nature with a chainsaw? Perfectly rectangular iceberg dazzles online

Pablo Tucker
October 24, 2018

Well here's something you don't see everyday: an iceberg so unbelievably geometric in shape you'd think it was deliberately carved with a big chainsaw.

NASA has shared a photo of a rectangular iceberg floating in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica, its flat top and straight edges appearing so exact as to suggest Mother Nature used a saw, per CTV News.

As the picture shows, tabular icebergs are large slabs of ice with almost vertical sides and flat tops.

The huge block of ice, known as a tabular berg, was found off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, near the Larsen C ice shelf, and is thought to measure a whopping mile in length.


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.

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

Explaining how the iceberg formed, she said: "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".

Like all icebergs, Brunt said only 10 percent of this particular tabular berg was visible above the waterline, with the majority of it submerged.


They were often geometrically-shaped as a result, she said.

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

"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 told Live Science.

It's hard to tell the size of the iceberg in this photo, she said, but it's likely more than a mile across.


"The Larsen C is a large ice shelf".

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