The Central Atlantic Shelf is an approximately 15,000 kilometer-long mountain range, mostly hidden at the bottom of the ocean. From the geological point of view it forms the dividing line between Europe and America. This is a seam along the place where millions years ago two continents were torn apart. Today we know that the Central Atlantic Shelf is part of a bigger system which circles the entire globe for nearly 70,000 kilometers. It goes from Iceland to the north between Spitzbergen and Greenland, continuing through the Arctic Ocean to the mouth of the Lena River in Siberia. In the southern direction, it goes from Iceland eastward along the southern end of Africa, continuing to the north through the Indian Ocean.
Iceland is the only place where the Central Atlantic Shelf goes above the sea.
The geological border between Europe and America can be seen with the naked eye for about 350 kilometers in the form of a range which cuts through Iceland in a north-eastern direction. Both land masses are still moving, shifting and bumping into one another.Therefore the whole area is seismically active with a number hot springs and active volcanoes. The light line of the laser beam draws the border between the two continents. The form of the exact direct line is all the time freshly defined by its touch with the terrain—it goes through the raw landscape along the lava fields, through cracks disappearing in the mist of hot steam from geysers. The computer-determined precise line of a geological event in ancient time that has formed our world of today.
© Magdalena Jetelová
oh, i would
kill like to travel to iceland some day. i would spend my time trying to capture the raw nature in clear drawn lines or abstract sketching in black and white and photographing the hell out of my Hasselblad camera. i would go back to my little studio in an industrial loft or in a little garret from a icelandic horse farm and go through all my findings of the day - sorting, combining, cutting the things that are spread all over the ground. i would have my own improvised, little darkroom to develop my photographs and hanging them on a clothesline. oh and i wouldn't have to worry about money or time because i got a three-year-scholarship for upcoming artists. yep. a girl can dream.
here's a woman who travelled to iceland back in 1992: