STATES CHRONICLE – Scientists believe in the existence of an eight continent known as Zealandia continent. Apparently, New Zealand is part of a lost continent. Zealandia is a massive land which is mostly sunken in the southwest Pacific. The only portion of this area which surfaces the water is New Zealand. Scientists believe that New Zealand represents the highest mountains of the lost continent.
They believe this land qualifies as the eighth continent. What is more, they have pushed the idea forward, waiting for this land to be recognized as a continent. Researchers developed a new study which was recently published in the Geological Society of America’s Journal. They explain that Zealandia measures about five million square kilometers.
That means that the lost continent is approximately two-thirds of Australia. Approximately 94% of this land is submerged in the southwest Pacific. Just a few islands and three significant landmasses surface the sea, namely New Caledonia and the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Even if this region is situated above water, it could not be categorized as a continent at first.
They have analyzed a set of criteria to determine whether the landmass should be the eighth, lost continent or not. The list of criteria consists of unique geology, a well-defined area, a thicker crust than the usual ocean floor and elevation above the surrounding region.
Nick Mortimer, the lead author of the study who is also a New Zealand geologist, stated that for over twenty years researchers around the world have been struggling to gather sufficient and accurate data to prove that this land is the Zealandia continent. Scientists explain that the scientific value of categorizing Zealandia as a lost continent does not represent just another name on the list of continents.
Researchers could look at this new continent to explore the breakup and cohesion of continental crust since the landmass is so submerged, but, nevertheless, undivided. Specialists are still wondering how they could get Zealandia to be entitled as the eighth continent.
A lot of scientists may present contra-arguments to debunk this theory. Nevertheless, some may believe that it would not harm anything since there were other ideas taught in schools which were debunked, like Pluto which is no longer considered to be a planet. However, scientists claim that there is no scientific body which could formally recognize continents.
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