This extreme diver swims in the plate gap between Europe and America.
In the following pictures, the diver Alexander Mustard, from Southampton, USA, swims between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates in Silfra Canyon, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland. In the above photo, the American plate is on the left, and the Eurasian on the right.
Photographing the gap between the North American and Eurasian plates near Iceland comes with its risks, as anyone diving 80 feet (24,3 meters) into this “Earth void” will encounter the hot springs and uneven rock formations, as a result of the plates constantly pulling apart from each other at a rate of one inch per year. This video by Sebastiaan van Aard (blog: My Scubadiving Stories) shows how beautiful it is over there:
As explained by the diver:
[quote_box_center]The photos show diving in the unique underwater world of Iceland which, like on land, is formed by the volcanic landscape of the country. For a scuba diver these are spectacular places to visit – being able to fly through the clear water and explore the fault lines in three dimensions.I have dived all around the world and this is almost certainly the clearest water I have ever been in“.[/quote_box_center]
This is clearly a beautiful dive on a unique location. The only dive site in the world where you can dive between two tectonic plates, specifically the Eurasian and North American plate.
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