Hidden ‘Zealandia’ continent found on Earth

News
zealandia_303184

SYDNEY, Australia (WFLA) — A team of researchers with the Geological Society of America have uncovered a new continent.

‘Zealandia,’ located in the Pacific Ocean is a 1.89 million square-mile slab of land wedged between New Zealand and New Caledonia.

According to their study, ‘Zealandia’ is 94 percent submerged in water as a result of crustal erosion.  The Geological Society of America explains, “a continent can be so submerged yet unfragmented makes it a useful and thought-provoking geodynamic end member in exploring the cohesion and breakup of continental crust.”

Researchers say the region should be considered a geological continent instead of fragmented islands, as previously thought.

The newly discovered region brings Earth’s number of continents up to seven.  Europe and Asia are commonly thought to be two separate continents, but geologists claim they are actually one geological continent called ‘Eurasia.’WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW

Mother overdoses in convenience store bathroom with newborn by her side

New field in St. Pete for children with disabilities

Trump motorcade hit by 2×4, 5 students face charges

Jacksonville woman arrested for soliciting sex in exchange for Taco Bell

Pinellas Park Police investigate fatal crash>> back to WFLA.com for more top stories

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

HCSO Trailblazer: Cpl Melissa Moore makes history

Thumbnail for the video titled "HCSO Trailblazer: Cpl Melissa Moore makes history"

2 pedestrians killed in collision with semi-truck in Mulberry

Thumbnail for the video titled "2 pedestrians killed in collision with semi-truck in Mulberry"

Tampa Mayor unveils second colorful 'Crosswalks to Classroom'

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tampa Mayor unveils second colorful 'Crosswalks to Classroom'"

Man dead after stabbing in St. Pete; 1 in custody

Thumbnail for the video titled "Man dead after stabbing in St. Pete; 1 in custody"

Police: St. Pete stabbing victim has life-threatening injuries

Thumbnail for the video titled "Police: St. Pete stabbing victim has life-threatening injuries"

Tuesday Morning Forecast

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tuesday Morning Forecast"

20 dogs available for adoption in Tampa Bay following seizure from Louisana house of horrors

Thumbnail for the video titled "20 dogs available for adoption in Tampa Bay following seizure from Louisana house of horrors"

Louisiana dogs in custody at Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Thumbnail for the video titled "Louisiana dogs in custody at Humane Society of Tampa Bay"

You've Got (no) Mail: how change of address fraud can easily steal your identity

Thumbnail for the video titled "You've Got (no) Mail: how change of address fraud can easily steal your identity"

Dog used in attack

Thumbnail for the video titled "Dog used in attack"

Florida Congressmen call for more transparency on Cornoavirius

Thumbnail for the video titled "Florida Congressmen call for more transparency on Cornoavirius"
More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss