Little Rock (2014), HD video, 3.13 minutes

 

Little Rock

(2014)

The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is a submarine mountain range along the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, which wraps around the globe for more than 65,000 km. It is the longest chain of mountains on earth, but being located underwater, more than 90% of this mountain range remains hidden from view. There are only a few places on earth where it juts out of the surface of the ocean, in the form of a few islands, one of which is Iceland. Iceland represents the largest portion of the mid-Atlantic ridge exposed above sea level. Formed from volcanic eruptions about 24 million years ago, it is one of the few places where you can stand on the ridge on dry land.

 

Little Rock was shot in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, which marks the most visible boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Þingvellir rests in the natural valley between the two ridges - a space deceptively at rest, despite the turmoil occurring hundreds of miles below the surface.

 

This project was kindly supported by the Bartlett Travel Scholarship from Newcastle University.

© 2016 by Lucy Jonas.