Girl of 13 to dive between two continents

A 13-year-old British girl has been given permission to dive between the tectonic plates that separate Europe and North America.

Þingvellir National Park.

Þingvellir National Park. Image by Rob Young / CC BY 2.0

The Silfra fissure, in Iceland’s Þingvellir National Park, is a famously beautiful diving spot, and is one of a few places in the world where two continental plates have a gap between them, meaning divers can touch the landmass of Europe with one hand and North America with the other. Divers must usually be 18 years old to dive the 200ft-deep fissure, but the rules were relaxed for Charlotte Hill, who is the world’s youngest junior master scuba diver. Read more:

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