• Santiago “Chago” Ortiz

NASA spots a perfectly flat and rectangular iceberg


On October 16, NASA’s Operation IceBridge - a unit dedicated to studying ice’s formation and effects on our planet’s polar regions, spotted a large, flat iceberg in a perfect rectangular shape on the sea, just off Larsen C ice shelf in Antartica.

Once announced, social media exploded with different theories on how it was formed, including the unfounded theorem that it was made by extraterrestrials.

However, NASA ice scientist Kelly Brunt, explained the phenomenon had a name: a “tabular iceberg.” They are formed when they split from large blocks of ice that float on the water but are connected to land. Brunt estimated the iceberg to be more than a mile across.


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