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Hidden boundaries of lost continent ‘Zealandia’ revealed in incredible detail

A brand new ocean-mapping expedition is drawing the boundaries of Zealandia, a submerged “lost continent” that hosts New Zealand and the territory of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. 

Zealandia broke off from the supercontinent Gondwana between 79 million and 83 million years in the past. Except for New Zealand and New Caledonia, this fragment of continental crust now sits on the ocean ground. It’s not the one bit of continental crust that is indifferent from a bigger continent, however it’s the largest at 1.9 million sq. miles (4.9 million sq. kilometers). That’s six instances bigger than the next-largest continental fragment, the microcontinent of Madagascar.

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