Archive - Flosagjá Canyon, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

October 23, 2021


August 2015 Viewer's ChoiceEvery weekend we present a notable item from our archives.

This EPOD was originally published August 27, 2015.

Photographer: Tero Marin 
Summary Author: Tero Marin; Jim Foster

The photo above shows Flosagjá Canyon in Thingvellir National Park, Iceland, It's in this rift valley, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the European tectonic plate and the North American tectonic plate meet. Both plates are drifting away from each other -- spreading apart about 1 in (2.5 cm) per year. Thingvellir was chosen in the tenth century as a centrally located meeting place for a general assembly of the people of Iceland. Photo taken on May 26, 2015.

Photo Details: Nikon D7100 camera; AF-S Nikkor 12-24 mm, f/4G; 12 mm; ISO 400; f/9; 1/320 sec. exposure.

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