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"American-European Boundary" (Mid-Atlantic Ridge)

Grjótagjá near Krafla vulcano

Iceland is situated on the Reykjanes Ridge, a part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, between two tectonic plates which very slowly are drifting apart. Here I have one foot (my right) on Eurasia's tectonic plate and the other on the North American tectonic plate. (Eurasia is left, North America is right.)  Note the level difference as America is slightly higher than Eurasia.



Here I am standing in Thingvellir, between the tectonic plates, North America on my right.


Thingvellir again, the cliffs mark the meeting point of the plates.



At Reykjanes, southwest of the capital, there is a touristic bridge between Europe and America.


Here one may walk about 15 metres over from one continent to another. North America to left, Europe to right.


On this photo I am exactly on the middle, looking towards south.


This was my view, Europe to left and North America to right. 


"Miđlína" is Icelandic for "middlepoint" where one is welcomed to North America and to Europe, probably depending on wherefrom you arrive.


On the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where Iceland is located, the tectonic plates move in opposite direction of each other.  On one hand, Iceland is becoming slightly bigger and on the other hand the distance between North America and Europe increases with about 22,3 mm per year (i.e. the spreading motion of the mid-Atlantic ridge in the north). (Image: Wikipedia.)


This page was last time updated 22/03/10 .