Swimming Between Two Continents, Debunked

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From Tom Scott.

Silfra, in Þingvellir National Park in Iceland, is where the Eurasian and North American continental plates are dividing. It’s a crack in the earth where you can snorkel or dive between the continents. Well, sort of. As ever, it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Þingvellir geology:
https://www.thingvellir.is/en/history-nature/nature/geologic-history/
https://notendur.hi.is/oi/geology_of_thingvellir.htm

Þingvellir history: https://www.thingvellir.is/en/history-nature/history/
An interoduction to divergent plate boundaries: https://geology.com/nsta/divergent-plate-boundaries.shtml

Articles mentioned:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/dive-between-two-continental-plates-iceland-180957983/
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20140617-swim-between-two-tectonic-plates
https://www.businessinsider.com/scuba-diving-between-two-continents-2015-12?r=UK

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