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  • proper noun A nearly submerged continent or microcontinent that sank after breaking away from Australia many millions of years ago.


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  • Then in the 1960s, geologists finally agreed on a definition of what a continent is – broadly, a geological area with a high elevation, wide variety of rocks, and a thick crust. It also has to be big. "You just can't be a tiny piece," says |Nick| Mortimer. This gave geologists something to work with – if they could collect the evidence, they could prove that the eighth continent was real.

    Still, the mission stalled – discovering a continent is tricky and expensive, and Mortimer points out that there was no urgency. Then in 1995, the American geophysicist Bruce Luyendyk again described the region as a continent and suggested calling it Zealandia.

    -- "The missing continent it took 375 years to find" (

    February 22, 2022