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Whether you could point them all out on a map or recite them from memory, we were all taught in school that there are seven continents. At least above the surface ocean. Since 95% of the underwater depths are still physically unexplored, who knows what might be there?

Fine,I recommend it to persistent scientists who believed that the eighth continent has always existed and can finally prove it. From Pangea to Gondwana, the next landmass worth exploring is Zealandia, the eighth continent to break away from New Zealand and to be officially fully mapped after decades of exploration.

The continent has been on the radar for hundreds of years.

It all started with Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer who arrived in New Zealand in 1642.

Unsurprisingly, this caused Tasman and the rest of the Europeans to flee, but Abel spent time trying to convince the others that there was an entire continent in the area that needed to be explored. It only took a few hundred years before we started looking for it.

Decades of work have been invested in mapping the continent.

Scientist Nick Mortimer has led the team responsible for mapping the continent for the past 20 years, and his work has borne great fruit.

In 2017crew published an article at the Geological Society of America, reminding us of the lost continent while keeping us informed of his research. In 2019, the team scored another major victory when they completed mapping the South Zealand border.

From ridges to plateaus to continental crust, they mapped the final piece to complete the Zealandia mystery and introduce the continent to the world.

Continent coordinates

We start on a giant continent called Pangea. Later, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, South America and India became part of a supercontinent called Gondwana.

Although not half the size of Australia but six times the size of Madagascar, Zealandia split off from Antarctica and Australia to form its own landmass before settling in the ocean some 2,500 to 4,000 meters below New Zealand and New Caledonia.

When did Zealandia split from Gondwana?

It was about 85 million years ago when Zealand decided to dive into the depths of the South Pacific Ocean. About 25 million years ago it slowly sank, where it remains suspended to this day.

Will Zealand see the surface again?

This is unlikely to happen. Although about 95% of the area is still under water, we won’t see it inhabited again anytime soon. Although knowing that ancient penguins were a major way of life on the continent helps. We wondered how big they were and if they were friendly.

We are still finding tombs in Egypt, proving the existence of aliens, and finding continents in the ocean. If anyone still wants to say that Atlantis does not exist, perhaps they should reconsider their thoughts. Since the appearance and disappearance of Pluto as a planet, nothing has happened as radical as the discovery of the eighth continent, Zealand.

Source: Digital Trends

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I am Garth Carter and I work at Gadget Onus. I have specialized in writing for the Hot News section, focusing on topics that are trending and highly relevant to readers. My passion is to present news stories accurately, in an engaging manner that captures the attention of my audience.


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