Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tectonic Plates

End of the North American Plate

Photos: August 3, 2014

This wall of rock is the end of the North American Plate. We were in Þingvellir, a place that is important both for the geology and the history.  It was here that the first "parliament" met and continued to meet until the late 1700s: the Alþing. The valley sits between the North American and Eurasian plates.

Small River

You can find out much more about the history at this site. I´ve been reading Nyall´s saga and the yearly trek to the Alþing features prominently.

Iceland flag

It is possible that legal decisions were pronounced where this flagpole stands.

Lake Þinvellir

The lake, Þingvallavatn,  has a wide variety of vegetation and invertebrates.

Looking out at the mountains

When you look out, there are mountains in every direction. They are dormant volcanoes. Who knows when they will once again become active. You can follow Iceland's many daily earthquakes and volcanic activity at


In addition to fish in the lake, there are geese on its shores.

More Iceland photos at: Iceland album

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