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The New ‘Atlantis’: Zealandia

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Photo Courtesy of 7News

Name the continents you know:

Immediately you name the seven you know–North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Antarctica and Oceania (the mix up of Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia). But turns out, there may be more than we think there is.

In 1995, Geophysicist Bruce Luyendyk created the word “Zealandia” to describe New Zealandia and the chunks that had dissipated from the supercontinent Gondwana around 85 million years ago.

But in 2017, scientists had mapped out the remnants of an underwater continent, off the coast of New Zealand. The trouble was 94% of the 2 million square miles of this continent was underwater, challenging researchers to find it.

This past Monday, researchers from GNS Science in New Zealand released maps of the continent “Zealandia”, and included an interactive map for others to explore.

Zealandia: Earth's newest continent | CNN
Photo Courtesy of CNN.

The team used a bathymetric map to identify the continent’s mountains and ridges that rise towards the surface. According to Business Insider, this also displays other features surrounding the continent such as “coastlines, territorial limits, and names of major undersea features.” All of these were covered by the large ocean levels that restricted researchers from finding the continent sooner.

Nick Mortemer, leader of the team, explains the progress the team made since then, “We’ve made these maps to provide an accurate, complete, and up-to-date picture of the geology of the New Zealand and southwest Pacific area — better than we have had before,” Business Insider.

So who knows what else lies underneath the oceans

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Hi, my name is Mira Ivanis and I am a Senior at the WHS! This is my fourth year in the Newspaper Club. I am also part of Model UN, Debate, and Yearbook club; I love to play tennis and volleyball. I especially love to craft and paint in my free time!

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    Chris Summa c/o Winthrop High SchoolOct 11, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    I never knew about this. Your article is very, very interesting and it makes me want to know more! Your research is outstanding and it shows . I think I could use a geography lesson! Lol

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    Mr DixonOct 6, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    Unseen worlds are so fascinating. When they were “seen,” stuff happened there. Things lived there, breathed there. Landscapes flourished there. And now they’re inundated… but one day in the far future, they’ll surface once more. I like that. Zealandia. Beringia. Doggerland. And the latter two had humans like us living there!

    So interesting.