Tuesday, November 26, 2019

POTD: The Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Revealed

From 2019 03 01 Iceland

Today's photo-of-the-day is from central Iceland. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is a mountain range located along the floor of the Atlantic Ocean on the dividing line between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates. For most of its length, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is under water, but a portion of it is visible above sea level. That's Iceland. The tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of about 1 inch per year. This photo shows where that pulling apart is happening in Iceland. Find just the right crack in the ground, perhaps right under that house, straddle it, and you can claim you are standing with one foot in Eurasia and the other in America.

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