NEW YORK (Monitoring Desk) – We all know that there are seven continents in the world, but now this answer is wrong because 375 years later geologists have succeeded in finding the eighth continent. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, a group of geologists announced the discovery of a new continent in 2017. Now more details have come to light.
According to experts, the name of this new continent is ‘Zealandia’. Its total area is 1.89 million square miles (4.9 million square kilometers). In that sense, it is 6 times larger than the vast continent of Madagascar. Zelandia was in fact part of the ancient great continent of Gondwana, formed about 550 million years ago, and covered the entire area of the Southern Hemisphere.
To the east, the continent shares borders with other continents, including Western Antarctica and eastern Australia. This new continent is underwater, yet geologists agree that it is a continent. This is because of the stones found on this part and the structure of the layer. Its continental crust is composed of volcanic rocks, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, granite, silt, and limestone, etc., while the seafloor is usually composed only of volcanic rocks like basalt or black stone.
Andy Tosh, a member of the team that discovered the eighth continent and a geologist at the New Zealand Crown Research Institute GNS Science, said: It took some time to find. This continent was also in front of our eyes in a way but it took almost four centuries to discover it.