NASA Photographed a Rectangular Iceberg Floating off Antarctica

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																	This giant rectangular iceberg looks totally out of place in Antarctica					
								
			
	
		Mike Wehner

While most of us think of icebergs as pointy chunks of ice with their spires sticking out of the water, these tabular icebergs are quite different.

Nasa scientists took the picture and shared it on Twitter saying that the shape of it suggests that it only calved from the ice shelf quite recently.

The tabular iceberg, as it's called, is believed to have broken off from the Larsen C ice shelf, which calved a berg the size of DE past year.

This particular 'berg came from the crumbling Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Speaking with Live Science, NASA ice scientist Kelly Brunt said the shapes of the icebergs are formed by a fairly common process.

A semi-circle shaped iceberg with vertical sides, from the Venable Ice Shelf.

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NASA boffins have yet to measure this latest contender, but early estimates indicate it's unlikely to topple B-15 off the top spot for world's biggest iceberg, at a paltry (though still impressive, let's be honest) 1.6km wide. 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.

Such objects are not unknown, however, and even have a name - tabular icebergs.

Last summer an iceberg known as A-68 detached itself and had a surface area of over 2,000 miles.

"[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. Typically, only 10 percent of an iceberg is visible above the water.

"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.

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