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“Wound” in Earth’s crust south of Iceland

The Earth’s crust at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at the ocean floor south of Iceland has vanished in an area that spans many thousands of square kilometers, it was revealed this week. British scientists are investigating this phenomenon.

According to visir.is, the Earth’s crust on the ocean floor is usually about eight kilometers thick, but now there is an opening in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that goes down to the Earth’s mantle, described by scientists as “a huge open wound” on the Earth’s surface.

Geologists have no explanation for this phenomenon, but believe it is natural and not caused by humans. They do not believe it is dangerous, as the “wound” has been on the ocean floor for many years. Nevertheless, they are keen to investigate it.

In geologic terms there is a lot going on in the area where the Earth’s crust has disappeared. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge separates the North American Plate from the Eurasian Plate in the North Atlantic. It goes through Iceland and causes volcanic activity.

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