Evidence of North American and European Tectonic Plates Pulling Apart Seen In Iceland
Tourists look like toys in these bird’s eye view photos which show an impressive split landscape where two lands meet.
The dramatic terrain – the join 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.