A freshwater melt pool "drilled" a hole in the center of a horizontal ice slab, which then later broke off into an iceberg. The massive floating ancient ice chunk grounded in Antarctica's "iceberg graveyard." As other ice pushed it across the bay's relatively shallow sand bars, the ice emerged upright from the sea in stages. The top emerged first (preserving the rough snow on top). The water continued to erode the base, carving columns. The bottom was subject to the water’s eroding power the longest and was the narrowest. The amazing work of art was short-lived (as an iceberg anyway), for it toppled over and disappeared less than a week after presenting itself like this.