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Charlotte Burns, a 13-year-old girl from England, is set to make history as she’ll be the first girl to dive in the Silfra fissure, between the two tectonic plates that separate the continents of North America and Europe. Burns received special approval from the Icelandic government, as there is an age minimum of 18 to dive in Silfra, considered one of the world’s most beautiful diving locations because of the outstanding clarity of the fresh water. It’s also the only place on the planet where one can dive directly in a crack between two continental plates. “I’m really excited. I started learning about tectonic plates in year seven [age 11] and since then I’ve been really fascinated by them,” Charlotte told The Independent. “It’s very rare to have two plates that aren’t colliding — being able to dive through that in water and touch two continents at the same time is amazing. And the water is so blue because it’s coming off a fresh glacier.” Charlotte became the Professional Association of Diving Instructors youngest junior master scuba diver in the world at 12, and lobbied for eight months before Iceland agreed to her request.
Read the full story at The Independent.