Not long ago we published an article where we showed a bizarre discovery made by experts in Antarctica.
NASA’s Ice Bridge Flight had discovered a weird ‘monolith’ iceberg that looked almost too perfect to have been made by nature.
The shape of the iceberg sparked controversy online as conspiracy theorists rushed to social networks to have their say about the berg.
And while some thought the iceberg was the top of a secret facility hidden deep beneath the Ice in Antarctica, the truth is that what experts had spotted over Antarctica was a tabular Iceberg and they have this particular look because they have freshly broken off a larger ice-shelf, which is why they have sharper edges and more defined angles.
And although the image of a perfectly rectangular iceberg has attracted attention around the world, experts explain that every so often these pieces of ice appear floating in the sea.
NASA and University of Maryland ice scientist Kelly Brunt explained the phenomenon to Live Science.
“So, here’s the deal,” 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 crazy subsurface. And then you have what is called ‘tabular icebergs.’”
The latter, the tabular icebergs, are broad, flat and separate from large blocks of ice connected to the ground whose ends float in the water.
A matter of perspective …
In fact, it is the viewpoint of photography that makes the iceberg so extraordinary.
Parts of the photograph that is not seen is where you can actually appreciate the not so perfect shape of the iceberg.
And in fact, this image below shows the berg from another perspective: To the left of this photo is one of the corners that cannot be seen in the viral photo of the rectangular iceberg.
This corner of the aforementioned “perfect iceberg” is not completely regular.
Image Credit: NASA / Jeremy Harbeck
A Second Monolith Berg
Experts have found ANOTHER rectangular Iceberg in Antarctica, and some say it’s too great of a coincidence to be random.
The Second Iceberg is clearly seen in the above image. To the left (above the engine) is part of the famous rectangular iceberg, to the center is the newly found rectangular berg, and in the distance, we can appreciate the iceberg A68.
The discovery of both rectangular icebergs is detailed in this article published by NASA and titled “2 Rectangular Icebergs Spotted on NASA IceBridge Flight.”
This panorama image of the entire first tabular iceberg was stitched together from two photographs taken while flying near the iceberg. Image Credit: NASA / Jeremy Harbeck
According to reports, the second rectangular berg, known as a ‘tabular’ iceberg, was found off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, located near the Larsen C ice shelf and close to the first odd iceberg.
According to NASA, the second Iceberg is part of a large field of bergs that most likely broke off the shelf very recently and the sharp corners and angles are evidence of just that.
The famous monolith iceberg image. Image Credit: NASA / Jeremy Harbeck
“I thought it was pretty interesting; I often see icebergs with relatively straight edges, but I’ve not really seen one before with two corners at such right angles like this one had,” said IceBridge senior support scientist Jeremy Harbeck.
The rectangular Iceberg that catapulted the internet into a frenzy appeared to be freshly carved from Larsen C, which in July of 2017 released a massive Iceberg known as A68–a piece of Ice the size of Delaware.
“I was actually more interested in capturing the A68 iceberg that we were about to fly over, but I thought this rectangular iceberg was visually interesting and fairly photogenic, so on a lark, I just took a couple photos,” Harbeck explained.