This ‘Lost Continent’ Bearing The Size Of Greenland Has Been Discovered
By Yimin Huang, 17 Sep 2019
It turns out that there is one more continent in the world.
The continent, roughly the size of Greenland, is located in Southern Europe and has just been documented in the scientific journal Gondwana Research.
The continent known as Adria, is found to be a “giant landmass” that have split up. These parts have now joined the current regions of France, North Africa and Spain, according to the journal.
The reason for the change lies in shifting tectonic plates that dragged the continent down into the Earth’s subduction zone, where it was covered up by crust.
Though most of the original continent long melted in the Earth’s mantle, there is still a part of it that is left behind today. The tectonic remains of Adria formed the tall mountains found in the Alps, Balkans, Italy, Greece and Turkey, according to Metro UK.
Scientists only figured out about Adria due to the complexity of Europe’s geology. The former continent is now laid out over 30 countries and the mapping process has taken scientists a lot of time and effort.
Now, the general public can finally know where Adria went thanks to decades of research all over the Eurasian region.
• Lost continent discovered beneath Mauritius in the Indian Ocean by geologists.— geology info🌏 (@geology_info) September 9, 2019
- length: 65 km
- Elevation: 828 m
- Max width: 45 km
- formed of lava spewed by volcanoes over a period of about 9 million years. pic.twitter.com/BZBYsfxMxF
[via Metro UK, cover image via Shutterstock]
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