An underwater continent whose existence was discovered 25 years ago named as Zealandia by a geophysist in the year 1995. It ranges about nearly 2 million square miles. It is located at 3500 feet under south Pacific Ocean. The land had been submerged years ago and scientists found it in the year 2017 and it took them nearly 3 years to figure it’s breadth.
Scientists from GNS science in Newzealand officially announced the range and size if the continent accurately. They had also launched the map of our eight continent. “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,” Nick Mortimer, who led the work, said.
We can’t survive there because only 6% of continent lies above the sea level and rest submerged under the sea. It is predicted that this continent is 85 million years old. The person coined the term for eight continent said that “The reason I came up with this term is out of convenience,” Luyendyk said. “They’re pieces of the same thing when you look at Gondwana. So I thought, ‘Why do you keep naming this collection of pieces as different things?'”
How are continents formed?
Pangea splited into two halves namely Laurasia and Gondwana which eventually breakers into Europe,Asia, North America and Africa, Antarctica, South America and Australia respectively. These continents rearranged themselves and formed a structure that we see in our maps. In the mean time this division caused some of the land to mere itself underwater 30 million years ago. The rearrangement of the continents made one of the continent to merge in water. Untill 2017 Zealandia was considered to be a microcontinent because its range was unclear. After discovering it’s size now it has been able to fit into the features and descriptions of a continent.
If we could pull the plug on the world’s oceans, it would be quite clear that Zealandia stands out,” he told science news in 2017 adding, “If it wasn’t for the ocean level, long ago we’d have recognized Zealandia for what it was a continent.”
We may have a chance to live underwater if we scientists could research there. Government can rather spend it’s money on underwater survival rather than spending it on space and research. Research where you live before you leave. Hope someday someone will find a way to live underwater when there is no life above the ground.
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