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Iceland’s Northernmost Isle Divided in Two

Iceland’s northernmost island is no longer one island. In a recent surveillance excursion to the Kolbeinsey, the Icelandic Coast Guard discovered that the island is now divided in two, Fréttablaðið reports.

coastguard01_psThe Icelandic Coast Guard. Archive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The western part of Kolbeinsey is now 29×12.4 meters in size and its highest point is 3.8 meters. The eastern part is 21×14.6 meters in size and the gap between the two islands is four meters in length.

The uninhabited island is of significance because it marks the northern border of the Icelandic fishing grounds.

Kolbeinsey, also known as Seagull Rock, Mevenklint, Mevenklip and Meeuw Steen, lies 105 kilometers or 65 miles off Iceland’s northern coast and north of the Arctic Circle.

According to Wikipedia the island, a basalt landform, is expected to erode entirely around 2020. The island is utterly devoid of vegetation.


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