Earth’s 8th New Continent Zealandia Discovered 2017

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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