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NEW CONTINENT DISCOVERED! | Zealandia Earth’s 8th Continent

zealandia earth's hidden 8th continent 2017

Zealandia Is Earth’s Eight Continent!

zealandia earth's eight continent discovered

Geologists Have Discovered The 8th Continent Of The Worl. A hidden continent it seems…

Zealandia, Earth’s 8th Continent is a nearly submerged mass of continental crust that sank after breaking away from Australia 60–85 million years ago, having separated from

Antarctica between 85 and 130 Ma ago.

94% of Zealandia land is understand water. Zealandia size is  approximately 4,920,000 km2 and is currently the world’s largest current micro-continent

Classification As A Continent

Althought Zealandia was known for a while now it is just now making it’s way into the news in 2017 as a  team of 11 geologists from New Zealand, New Caledonia and Australia concluded that Zealandia has all the requirements to be declared a drowned continent, rather than a microcontinent or continental fragment.

Zealandia is largely made up of  two nearly parallel ridges, separated by a failed rift, where the rift breakup of the continent stops and becomes a filled graben.

Zaelandia has a total human population of 5 millions people being part of the following

  • New Zealand – 4,735,600
  • New Caledonia – 252,000
  • Norfolk Island – 2,302
  • Lord Howe Island Group – 347
  • Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs – 0

 

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