It looks like it has been cut that way deliberately, but this huge iceberg is simply a wonderful display of nature’s awesomeness and beauty.

The rectangular mile-wide block of ice was seen off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula near to the Larsen C ice shelf.

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.

A perfectly formed iceberg pictured soon after it broke away from the Larsen C ice shelf (Picture: Nasa)
The pizza berg in the Weddell Sea with grease ice forming (Picture: Nasa)

Scientists are currently taking part in an airborne survey of Earth’s ice as part of what is known as Operation IceBridge.

The operation will give a 3D view of the ice at either end of the planet so that they can monitor how much it changes over time.

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The space agency said: ‘A tabular iceberg can be seen on the right, floating among sea ice just off the Larsen C ice shelf.

‘The iceberg’s sharp angles and flat surface indicate that it probably recently calved from the ice shelf.’

Last month one of the largest icebergs ever recorded, a trillion-ton monster four times the size of London started  moving and spinning as it breaks free of the ice.

A fracture in the sea ice that is partially refrozen and continuing to re-freeze, known as a lead (Picture: NASA)
Shackleton Range next to Recovery Glacier, East Antarctica (Picture: Nasa)

Last year, the iceberg A-68 broke off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf after years of cracks spreading across the ice – but it’s remained ‘stuck’ near the ice shelf.

But it’s now on the move, according to Professor Mark Brandon of the Open University – who says the iceberg ‘will not be stopped easily’.

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Brandon wrote on his blog that in July, ‘the weather conditions and ocean currents conspire to swing the trillion tonnes of the giant iceberg A68 in an anticlockwise direction.

‘Sentinel-1 SAR satellite imagery from 29 August 2018 shows that to the north of the iceberg the wind is pushing the sea ice northwards faster than the iceberg is rotating.

‘My guess is that A68a will continue rotating as it is now around that western point, until what is currently the northern edge collides with the Larsen C ice front.

‘It has a spectacular amount of momentum and it’s not going to stopped easily. I should think we will see some interesting collisions with the ice shelf in the next few months.’

The iceberg broke off last year (NASA)
The iceberg drifted in August (Getty)

A huge crack has been spreading across the Antarctic Lasen C ice shelf for many years, but it began accelerating late last year.

The ice shelf is about 1,100ft thick and floats on the edge of West Antarctica.

On July 12 an iceberg has ‘fully detached’ from the Larsen C ice shelf (Picture: EPA/NASA/USGS)
The false-colour view shows the relative warmth or coolness across the region (Picture: EPA/NASA)

Scientists from Project MIDAS – a British Antarctic Survey project involving researchers from several British universities – said last year that they feared the entire ice shelf could become unstable.

The researchers wrote,‘Computer modeling suggests that the remaining ice could become unstable, and that Larsen C may follow the example of its neighbour Larsen B, which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event.’





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