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Zealandia: Sunken 8th Continent Reveals Its Buried Secrets

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 Alluvial    447

A journey to plumb the remote ocean depths has revealed that Earth does indeed have an eighth continent.

A nine-week voyage took scientists from around the world to drill and explore the seafloor off New Zealand and Australia. They found evidence of land-based fossils, revealing that the ancient landmass wasn't always buried beneath the waves.

"Zealandia, a sunken continent long lost beneath the oceans, is giving up its 60 million-year-old secrets through scientific ocean drilling," Jamie Allan, program director in the U.S. National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, said in a statement.

Lost 8th continent

Earlier this year, scientists argued that the known seven continents had a long-lost brother – Zealandia, a narrow strip of land that encompasses New Zealand and lies off the east coast of Australia, and whose landmass is mostly 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) below sea level beneath the ocean's surface. Among the evidence for Zealandia: The crust that makes up Zealandia is much shallower than the surrounding oceanic crust, and its geologic makeup looks more like continental versus oceanic crust. What's more, a narrow strip of oceanic crust separates Australia from Zealandia, which suggests the two landmasses were separate.

The cores plumbed 8,202 feet (2,500 m) below the surface, revealing 70 million years of the ancient continent's history.

The team found a treasure trove of fossils that reveal Zealandia wasn't always under the ocean.

"More than 8,000 specimens were studied, and several hundred fossil species were identified," expedition co-chief scientist Gerald Dickens of Rice University in Texas, said in statement. "The discovery of microscopic shells of organisms that lived in warm shallow seas, and of spores and pollen from land plants, reveal that the geography and climate of Zealandia were dramatically different in the past."

About 100 million years ago, Australia, Antarctica and Zealandia were all part of a mega-continent.

https://www.livescience.com/60538-zealandia-eighth-continent-once-above-ocean.html

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Edit: d0h, forgot to post the link, its up now.

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 Mehitable    1,327
3 hours ago, Alluvial said:

A journey to plumb the remote ocean depths has revealed that Earth does indeed have an eighth continent.

A nine-week voyage took scientists from around the world to drill and explore the seafloor off New Zealand and Australia. They found evidence of land-based fossils, revealing that the ancient landmass wasn't always buried beneath the waves.

"Zealandia, a sunken continent long lost beneath the oceans, is giving up its 60 million-year-old secrets through scientific ocean drilling," Jamie Allan, program director in the U.S. National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, said in a statement.

Lost 8th continent

Earlier this year, scientists argued that the known seven continents had a long-lost brother – Zealandia, a narrow strip of land that encompasses New Zealand and lies off the east coast of Australia, and whose landmass is mostly 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) below sea level beneath the ocean's surface. Among the evidence for Zealandia: The crust that makes up Zealandia is much shallower than the surrounding oceanic crust, and its geologic makeup looks more like continental versus oceanic crust. What's more, a narrow strip of oceanic crust separates Australia from Zealandia, which suggests the two landmasses were separate.

The cores plumbed 8,202 feet (2,500 m) below the surface, revealing 70 million years of the ancient continent's history.

The team found a treasure trove of fossils that reveal Zealandia wasn't always under the ocean.

"More than 8,000 specimens were studied, and several hundred fossil species were identified," expedition co-chief scientist Gerald Dickens of Rice University in Texas, said in statement. "The discovery of microscopic shells of organisms that lived in warm shallow seas, and of spores and pollen from land plants, reveal that the geography and climate of Zealandia were dramatically different in the past."

About 100 million years ago, Australia, Antarctica and Zealandia were all part of a mega-continent.

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Maybe this was the fabled continent of Mu or Lemuria.

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 apache54    4,183
11 hours ago, Mehitable said:

What process could be big enough to sink an entire continent?

the evidence shows 3 times pole shifts have drastically altered the world!!

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 Mehitable    1,327

People need to now stop mocking those who mention Atlantis or other ancient tales of continents being submerged into the sea because if it happened to Zealandia....it can happen elsewhere.   Interesting that they don't really speculate about what could cause such an enormous area to collapse - it would have to be an enormous effect - like a pole shift driven EQ.  They have the proof now - if it happened once there, it could happen elsewhere - and again.

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