This is a list of countries located on more than one continent, known as transcontinental states or intercontinental states.While there are many countries with non-contiguous overseas territories fitting this definition, only a limited number of countries have territory straddling an overland continental boundary, most commonly the line that separates Europe and Asia.
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The park is also the meeting point of the European and North American tectonic plates, i.e. the continents. If you have more time and money, you can dive between the two plates and straddle the two continents. These plates moving apart are what cause the earthquakes and volcanos in Iceland.
The boundaries between the continents of Earth are generally a matter of geographical convention. Several slightly different conventions are in use. The number of continents is most commonly considered seven but may range as low as four when the Americas and Afro-Eurasia are each considered a single continent. An island can be continental, and therefore associated with the continent on the.
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Iceland is on a type of tectonic plate boundary called a divergent boundary. The divergent boundary, called the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, that runs through the center of Iceland occurs because two plates, the North American Plate and the Eurasian Plate, are pulling away from each other.
Iceland is slowly being torn apart. The Icelandic Land Survey keeps track of the drifting of the tectonic plates by measiring the precise location of 100 fixed points around Iceland. In the summer of 2016 an additional 150 points were tracked to get a more detailed picture of how the plate drift effects Iceland.
In addition to visiting the Prime Meridian and having the chance to stand in the eastern and western hemispheres simultaneously, in Iceland, I stood next to the eastern edge of the North American tectonic plate at Thingvellir National Park. This edge forms the western side of a rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are diverging. Goosebumps.