The Mid Atlantic Ridge in Iceland – Where the continents split apart

Here you can see the North American Plate on the right and the Eurasion Plate on the left — both pulling apart from one another. This is in Thingvellir and the coolest example of plate tectonics I have ever seen. Before I saw this, I thought plate tectonics was just a silly “theory” like “evolution” and “opposable thumbs”.

This is also a big reason there is so much geothermal activity in Iceland – the opposable thumb bit.

The Mid Atlantic Ridge in Iceland - Where the continents split apart

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  • Antarctica! Iceland has uninterrupted ocean all the way south.

  • Kleina

    I really love your Iceland photos (being an Icelander and proud of my country) but there are a many statements that seem to be based on misunderstanding and are far from beeing true. If you are interested please email me 🙂
    Best regards, Kleina

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