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The Island of Surtsey, Iceland
This is Surtsey, a volcanic island formed in 1963 off the southern coast of Iceland, which lies astride the the mid-Atlantic Ridge (the boundary of the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates). To learn more about this image, see The Island of Surtsey, Iceland. For a three-dimensional view of Surtsey, visit Surtsey Topography. To see how the plate boundary runs right through Iceland, go to the Smithsonian Institution's This Dynamic Planet, and zoom in on Iceland.
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Seafloor Spreading Interactive Animations
Try UCAR's Seafloor Spreading Interactive Animations for a simulation of the magnetic stripes on the ocean bottom--you can spot them by moving a compass around on a map of the mid-Atlantic Ridge. For related geophysics simulations from Cornell, see the Plate Tectonics section of Discover Our Earth.