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Scuba Diver Hangs Out Between Two Continents

posted: 12/17/15
by: Danny Clemens

North America may not share political borders with Europe, but that won't stop you from visiting the convergence of the two massive continents in Iceland.

The Eurasian and North American continental plates meet in a stunning landmark, known as the Silfra fissure, within Thingvellir National Park. Forming part of the divergent tectonic boundary between the two plates, the dramatic rift is found at the bottom of Thingvallavatn Lake, a body of water known amongst scuba divers for its exceptional visibility and and breathtaking sights.

A video recently uploaded to Facebook by Hashem Al-Ghaili shows lucky scuba divers exploring the dazzling landmark:

Silfra fissure, Iceland

Diving between two continents, Iceland.

Posted by Hashem Al-Ghaili on Saturday, December 12, 2015

 

According to Padi 5 Star Dive Center, which operates tours of the park, the lake's crystal clear water comes from a nearby glacier. As it travels to the lake, the water must pass through porous volcanic rock, which effectively filters out impurities. Padi claims that divers can drink the clean water, saying that it is "as pristine as water can get."

Related: Have You Seen These Bubblegum-Colored Lakes?

The Silfra fissure opened up in the late 18th century and continues to change to this day. Each year, the two continental plates drift apart by approximately three-fourths of an inch, creating a gradual buildup of geological tension that is released periodically through seismic events.

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