There is an eighth billion-year-old continent on Earth!

Zealand meets all requirements and has only one beauty flaw.

According to the traditional division, there are seven continents (Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, Australia), but this does not mean that other regions of our planet do not correspond, at least in part, to the concept of “continent”.

for example also zealand, which is by and large a small part of the continent below sea level, while its largest mainland is New Zealand and New Caledonia. The area was cut off from Australia about 60 to 85 million years ago, and 94 percent of the water is still covered, so we can’t call it a classic continent.

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New Zealand covers an area of ​​about 3.5 million square kilometres, and makes up almost half the area of ​​Australia. There is mainly fishing in the area (understandably, since most of it is underwater), but there is also an extensive natural gas field in the area.

Researchers recently discovered that the mysterious eighth continent is twice as old as previously thought. It is therefore estimated to be one billion years old for this particular continent, which lies at a depth of about one kilometer below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Of course, there are specialists who do not recognize Zealand as a real continent, although the requirements for at least a million square kilometers and well-separated plateaus, for example, are met – but they do not rise from the ocean.

“It would be a great experience to be in an uninhabited area of ​​the continent.”

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Until now, the problem was that only 500 million-year-old rocks were found in Zealand, while other continents are at least a billion years old. However, an already recent study of granite patterns can prove that this continent is as old as the others.

“This new study also puts the last piece of the puzzle in place. From now on, there is no doubt that we truly live on top of a continent.”

New Zealand geologist Rose Turnbull proudly stated.

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