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British ‘Mighty Girl’ To Dive Between Tectonic Plates

A 13-year-old British girl will soon be the youngest person to ever dive between the tectonic plates that separate the continents of North America and Europe.

Charlotte Burns, already the youngest-ever PADI Junior Master Scuba Diver, recently received special permission from the Icelandic government to dive the 200-foot-/61-meter-deep Silfra fissure in the country’s Thingvellir National Park this coming September.

Charlotte needed the special dispensation because the normal minimum age to dive the fissure is 18. The fact that British explorer Monty Halls will accompany her and the dive will be filmed for a documentary certainly didn’t hurt her request.

Charlotte, who hails from Kent in southeastern England, began diving at the age of 10 and has logged more than 130 dives all over the world, including Scotland, Cyprus and California. PADI has also appointed her as a “global ambassador” with a focus on encouraging more women and girls to take up diving.

“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,” Charlotte told Facebook’s Mighty Girl page.

The documentary will be used to teach schoolkids about tectonic plates.

For more info about Charlotte, check out her website ( or the video below.

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John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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