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In The Midst

Stunning geology along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in Iceland's Þingvellir. Or Thingvellir National Park, that is. These environs are not only the birthplace of the country's parliament (Alþingi), but this is also where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia meet. Or rather where the two continents are separating – at a rate of about one inch per year.

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