Scientists have found a new continent with 5 million square kilometers, hiding in sight

Experts say that today we can see only about 5% of this, which is part of the reason why it took so long to find.

Interestingly, New Zealand and New Caledonia are part of a new continent that is about as large as the larger India; The new continent may have economic and geopolitical consequences, because, according to scientists, its coast may contain fossil fuels for tens of billions of dollars.

This region is mostly flooded in the Pacific Ocean and contains both New Zealand and the French overseas territory of New Caledonia.

According to reports, the new continent, which is most likely to be called ZEALANDIA, is the youngest, the thinnest and the most submerged of the continents, with 94 percent of the land submerged in water, the researchers write.

So far, there have been six officially recognized continents: Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Eurasia, North America and South America.

According to scientific articles titled “Zealand: the hidden continent of the Earth”, 11 geologists argue that Zealand has all four attributes that must be considered a continent.

Interestingly, the concept of Zealand is not new. In fact, Luendikk coined this term back in 1995. However, Luendik said that he should never have been a completely new continent, and this name was simply used to describe New Zealand, New Caledonia and a collection of submerged pieces and pieces of Cork that interrupted the Gondwana region, a 200 millionth supercontinent, wrote IFLScience.

This is not a sudden discovery, but a gradual realization; Like 10 years ago, we would not have accumulated data or confidence in the interpretation to write this article, the researchers wrote in the journal GSA Today, the journal of the Geological Society of America.


Zealand, shown gray to the east of Australia, is probably the seventh geological continent of the Earth. N. Mortimer et al. / GAW today

Now the researchers behind the study developed the idea proposed by Luendyk over 20 years ago. With two decades of new evidence and evidence, they believe that Zealand agrees with the four criteria that geologists use to treat the rock slab as a continent:

  1. Earth, which quite strongly settles from the ocean floor.
  2. A variety of three types of rocks: igneous (volcanic eruptions), metamorphic (altered by heat / pressure) and sedimentary (due to erosion).
  3. A thicker, less dense section of the crust compared to the surrounding ocean floor.
  4. Clearly defined limits around a sufficiently large area to be considered a continent, not a microcontinent or a continental fragment.

Geologists have determined that New Zealand and New Caledonia are in compliance with the bill for points 1, 2 and 3. After all, their large islands, which are protruding from the seabed, are geologically diverse and made from a thicker, less dense crust.


The spatial limits of Zealand. The base map from Stagpoole (2002) based on Smith and Sandwell (1997). Source of the image.

The scientific value of the classification of Zealand as a continent is more than just an additional name on the list. The fact that the continent can be so immersed, but dimensionless, makes it a useful and thought-provoking geodynamic end member in the study of cohesion and fracture of the continental crust, the scientists wrote in a new study.

When asked about the new discovery and how the person who invented the concept of “Zealand” felt, Professor Luendik told “Insider Business”: these people here are land surveyors. I think they have collected a whole collection of evidence that is really thorough.

The economic consequences are clear and come into play: what is in New Zealand, and what is not in New Zealand? he said.


Source: Zealand: Earth is hidden Continent

Reference: the Earth has a completely new continent, called Zealand, and from time to time it was hidden in sight

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