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12/18/2015 10:37 am ET

This Is What It's Like To Dive Between Two Continents

This is incredible.

This takes "two places at once" to a whole new, lower level.

Iceland's Silfra fissure is a deep, watery crack between the North American and Eurasian continents. It's the place where the two massive tectonic plates meet and are slowly drifting apart, causing earthquakes about once a decade.

For many, Silfra is the dive of a lifetime. Not only can you touch two separate continents during a dive, but the frigid glacial water is remarkably blue and astoundingly pure: Visibility typically extends over 300 feet in most parts of the fissure, making it home to some of the clearest water in the world.

Armed with cameras, Wethorse Productions (video above) and underwater photographer Alex Mustard (images below) took dives at Silfra, determined to document the place where "the earth is ripping apart."

The results are a reminder that just when you think you've seen it all from planet Earth, you ain't seen nothing yet.

  • Alex Mustard
  • Alex Mustard
  • Alex Mustard
  • Alex Mustard

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