Scientists Have Drilled Into Earth’s Hidden Eighth Continent And Revealed Its Astonishing Secrets

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On a research ship in the South Pacific, scientists are drilling thousands of feet beneath the waves, and with each sample, they learn more and more about Earth’s hidden eighth continent. It’s a landmass that has remained a mystery for millions of years – but what secrets will Zealandia finally reveal?

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As any good student knows, our planet is made up of seven continents: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America, South America and Antarctica. However, back in 1995, American scientist Bruce P. Luyendyk suggested that an eighth, hidden continent lies beneath the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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Then, over time, the theory of Zealandia began to take shape. According to researchers, the landmass broke off from Australia some 80 million years ago. Today, moreover, it’s thought that some 93 percent of the region is under the ocean. Some parts, such as New Zealand and New Caledonia, remain above water, however.

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