New photos of a surprisingly rectangular iceberg are offering the full picture of this now-famous Antarctic structure — and it remains weird as hell.
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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 gigantic chainsaw. Scientists have documented this sort of thing before, but this latest ‘berg, which recently split from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, happens to be a rather extraordinary example.
It was a year ago at this time that Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf gave birth to Iceberg A-68, one of the largest chunks of ice ever recorded. A new timelapse video made from satellite imagery shows the rift, calving and subsequent journey of the iceberg over the past 12 months.
Early next year, an international team of explorers will investigate the area in-and-around the massive iceberg that split away from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf in July 2017. As an added bonus, the researchers will also attempt to locate the wreck of the Endurance, which sunk in 1915 as part of the ill-fated Shackleton expedition.
Back in July, satellite images showed an iceberg bigger than the state of Delaware calving and drifting away from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf. Well, it's summertime now in Antarctica, which means scientists are finally able to view this behemoth from up close - and the pictures are just as spectacular as we imagined.