Christopher Scotese, who specializes in ancient geography at Northwestern University, doesn’t quite believe that Zealandia is its own continent. “If it were emergent, we would readily identify it with Australia,” he told National Geographic in February 2017. “Much like we identify Greenland with North America and Madagascar with Africa.”
Yet while scientists continue to debate Zealandia’s official status, there can be no doubt that we still have much to learn about this fascinating lost land. So much, in fact, that an international team of investigators from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) decided to launch a groundbreaking survey of the controversial continent.