Maybe there will be some counter-arguments but it’s a novel idea.
Scientists say they have identified a new continent, and called it Zealandia, reports Sott.net.
In a new paper, a team of 11 geologists have proposed that a region of the Pacific Ocean east of Australia and containing New Zealand and New Caledonia, be considered a continent.
Geographically speaking, six continents are recognised: Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Eurasia, North America, and South America. Eurasia is the geographical landmass that includes Europe and Asia.
At 4.9 million square kilometres, Zealandia would be Earth’s smallest continent.
It is also the “youngest, thinnest and most submerged” of the continents, as 94 per cent of the landmass is submerged, the geologists wrote.
In the paper, titled Zealandia: Earth’s Hidden Continent, the geologists argue that Zealandia has all four attributes necessary to be considered a continent.
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