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

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At almost two million square miles, Zealandia is approximately the same size as the Indian subcontinent. Fascinatingly, too, it’s home to various Antarctic flora, suggesting that both landmasses were once joined as part of the supercontinent known as Gondwana.

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Now although it is officially recognized as a microcontinent, many now believe that Zealandia should be considered a continent in its own right. In fact, in February 2017, a team of researchers from New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia released a paper that laid out their support for such a claim.

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According to the paper, Zealandia satisfies all of the necessary geographical criteria required for it to be classified as a continent. Apparently, these include the thickness of its crust, its specific geology and how high its continental shelf is. However, not everyone agrees.

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