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Scientists set sail to unlock secrets of 'lost continent' Zealandia

Sydney - Scientists are attempting to unlock the secrets of the "lost continent" of Zealandia, setting sail Friday to investigate the huge underwater landmass east of Australia that has never been properly studied.

New Zealand is part of a newly discovered continent

All school children are taught there are seven continents on the planet, but there may soon be an eighth continent, Zealandia. A new study suggests that a mostly submerged landmass in the southwest Pacific should be classified as a continent.

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Simplified map of Earth’s tectonic plates and continents  including Zealandia. Continental shelf a...
Simplified map of Earth’s tectonic plates and continents, including Zealandia. Continental shelf areas shown in pale colors.
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