Zealandia, the new continent discovered by scientists
A group of 11 scientists from various countries confirmed the existence of a new continent geological. It is of Zealandia, located to the East of Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, that, according to the study, are not chains of Islands, they are part of a single plate of continental crust.
After use of samples of rocks and new lift and gravity maps based on satellite imagery, geologists claimed that Zealandia has an area of 4.9 million square kilometers, 95 percent of which is under water.
Them geologists secured that Zealandia is a region unified, that does not form part of Oceania, since both masses of land are separate by the pit Cato. | Foto:GSA Today.
The scientists noted that the size of the continent is greater than Madagascar, New Guinea, Greenland and other microcontinentes. However, only 5 percent is visible above the sea level.
The name was given in 1995 by Geophysicist Bruce Luyendyk, who indicated that the area of Zealandia was what was left of a supercontinent dipped 200 million years ago, but until now they had not found enough geological evidence that support the theory.
Many consider that there are seven in all continents: Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. However, for the geological model, based on the Earth’s crust and tectonic plates, the continents would be only six, since they claim that Europe and Asia formed a single continent (Eurasia).
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