The rift between the North American and Eurasian continental plates


A French photographer has documented the only place on Earth where one can dive between two continental plates – the Silfra rift in Thingvellir National Park in southern Iceland.

Here, crystalline waters flow between the continental plates of North America and Eurasia, which move two centimeters apart from each other every year. The images, authored by marine biologist and photographer Mathieu Foulquie, were taken at 14.9 meters deep.


The water temperature, which varies between two and four degrees Celsius throughout the year, and the process of filtering the water through the porous underground lava before reaching the surface of Lake Thingvellir causes the site to have an underwater visibility of about 100 meters.


The lava infiltration of the lake, which is one of the best in the world, makes its water one of the purest in the world.


“I had the privilege of diving into the famous Silfra rift, probably one of Iceland’s most fantastic freshwater rifts,” says the photographer.


Foulquie took advantage of the water’s limpidity to take high-quality photos between the two tectonic plates. See here some of the photos from the place of creation of terrestrial crust.



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