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    Default Iceland and the Pulling Apart of Two Major Tectonic Plates

    Aerial Pictures Show North American and European Tectonic Plates in Iceland Pulling Apart

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    The dramatic terrain - the join between two tectonic plates - is popular with tourists who can explore the natural wonder on land and underwater

    Tourists look like toys in these bird's eye view photos which show an impressive split landscape where two lands meet [well, come apart, really].

    The dramatic terrain - the joint between two tectonic plates - is popular with tourists who can explore the natural wonder on land and underwater. The splits in the land, which has many faults, valleys, volcanoes and hot springs, are caused by the Eurasian and North American plates in Iceland pulling apart.

    Some of the rifts are filled with clear cold water where divers can often be seen exploring the underwater crevices, which can be up to 61m (200ft) deep. The clean water is coloured by the sand, silt and other minerals at the bottom and the deeper rifts can be clearly seen from above.


    Some of the rifts are filled with clear cold water where divers can often be seen exploring the underwater crevices, which can be up to 61m (200ft) deep




    To take the colourful photos Jassen Todorov, 40, flew in a Cessna 170 plane around 600m (2,000 feet) high








    In Iceland the Mid-Atlantic Ridge passes across the Ţingvellir National Park, a popular destination for tourists




    Bridge across the Álfagjá rift valley in southwest Iceland, that is part of the boundary between the Eurasian and North American continental tectonic plates.

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    Default Re: Iceland and the Pulling Apart of Two Major Tectonic Plates

    I visited Iceland in September 2000. At that time we were told that the rift grows about 2 inches every year (this figure may have changed since then). That would mean that since I was there the rift has expanded by 34 inches, almost 3 feet.

    My memory was at that time I could step across the rift in some places. Either my memory is bad (no surprise) or there has been a speeding up of the rift, or perhaps, it's width isn't consistent in every spot, which appear to be the case.

    Thanks Herve, great pixs
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    Default Re: Iceland and the Pulling Apart of Two Major Tectonic Plates

    Marvelous pictures, Herve...Thanks so much!

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    Default Re: Iceland and the Pulling Apart of Two Major Tectonic Plates

    I visited a couple of years ago and was impressed by how insignificant the place made you feel. Such massive forces at work, on a time scale that defied the life times of mere humans.

    If you're a fan of the series "Game of Thrones" (and who isn't?) you will have seen the features of this rift used many times as a setting, most notably during John Snow's first encounter with the White Walkers as they gazed down at him and his army from the heights of the wall of rock.
    Very cool.

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