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You Can Now Travel to an Eighth Continent

Feb. 21, 2017
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You Can Now Travel to an Eighth Continent
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Have you ever been to New Zealand? If so, you can cross both a country and a continent off your travel bucket list.

In the March/April Issue of The Geological Society of America, scientists concluded that several islands including New Zealand and New Caledonia, are not separate territories but are connected by a large swath of submerged land — an eighth continent now known as Zealandia. This piece of the earth's continental crust is the youngest and thinnest continent on the planet, covering three million square miles, 94% of which are submerged in water.

A map outlining the continent of Zealandia. Image courtesy of the Geological Society of America.

This isn't even the first new continent to be discovered by scientists recently; located deep in the Indian Ocean are pieces of yet another ancient supercontinent deemed Mauritia. In this case, the entire continent, situated underneath the African island of Mauritius, is underwater — making it considerably harder for travelers to visit.

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