The seventh geological continent named “Zealandia” discovered in the new study of Earth’s crust in February, 2017.
The land partly submerged beneath New Zeland and South Pacific Ocean, and also has all conditions necessarily for human survival scientists assured.
The study has been conducted by 11 researchers. They revealed that Zealandia measured 1.9 million square miles and was 94% underwater.
Alongside, 10 researchers are working within institutions in a case of the new continent; one works for a university in Australia. Other geologists are almost certain to accept Zealandia as a separate continent, said Bruce Luyendyk, a geophysicist at the University of California at Santa Barbara, who wasn’t involved in the study.
The possible existence of Zealandia was first suggested in 1995. “This is not a sudden discovery, but a gradual realization; as recently as more than 10 years ago we would not have had the accumulated data or confidence in interpretation to write this paper,” wrote Luyendyk in a paper published in Geological Society of America (GNS).
While, Nick Mortimer, a GNS’s geologist, said that scientists have been gathering data to make the case for Zealandia for years, but their efforts had been frustrated because Zealandia was hidden beneath the waves.
In addition, he said that it had only three major landmasses; New Zealand and New Caledonia to the north, and South Islands to the south. However, researchers said that New Zeland and New Caledonia are not island chains rather 4.9 million-square-kilometer a continental crust varied from Australia. And Zealandia was once the part of Gondwana, but seemed broken up.
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