December 17, 2015 4:56 pm
Updated: December 17, 2015 5:48 pm

WATCH: Divers swim in crystal clear water between continental plates

Popular scientist Hashem Al-Ghaili posted a captivating video of divers swimming in the Silfra Fissure in Iceland and it has since gone viral with nearly 25 million views in less than a week.


It might not look like anything special, but this video of a diver swimming in a lake is anything but ordinary.

Hashem al-Ghaili posted a video to Facebook this week that has been viewed more than 24 million times. Why is it getting so much attention? The diver is swimming between the North American continental plate and the Eurasian plate.

A map illustrating the various tectonic plates. The boundary of the North American and Eurasian Plate can be seen running across Iceland.


The divers are in Thingvellir Lake, Iceland, in the Silfra fissure between the two continents: they are drifting by two centimetres every year. It is a popular diving spot about 40 km northwest of Reykjavík.

The water is crystal clear and is filled with hot springs, volcanoes and valleys which, according to Al-Ghaili, keeps the water a temperate -4 C year-round.

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