Mysterious rectangular 'monolith' iceberg spotted by NASA

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The rectangular iceberg appeared to be freshly calved from Larsen C, which in July 2017 released the massive A68 iceberg, a chunk of ice about 5,000 square kilometres.

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.

During the survey, created to assess changes in the ice height of several glaciers draining into the Larsen A, B and C embayments, IceBridge scientist Jeremy Harbeck spotted a very sharp-angled, tabular iceberg floating among sea ice just off of the Larsen C ice shelf.

The visible part of the iceberg only represents 10 percent of the entire mass, Fox News reports.

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"[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.

The odd iceberg was spotted by a NASA scientist, who posted a picture to social media site, Twitter. The berg's sharp corners indicate wind and waves haven't had much time to break it down, Brunt said.

But why such straight lines?

"We get two types of icebergs". After years of anticipation by scientists, a formation the size of DE broke off from Antarctica last year.

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Brunt explained that tabular icebergs - which are usually wide, flat, and long - are created when ice shelves split. That iceberg measured about 2,300 square miles, as NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reported.

The iceberg photos come from the agency's Operation IceBridge, a long-running aerial survey mission that measures and monitors polar ice.

It studies yearly changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets. "Scientists can then calculate the distance between the aircraft or the satellite and the ice surface, which gives them the ice height".

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