the-future-now: Scientists just set out on an old-school voyage…

the-future-now:

Scientists just set out on an old-school voyage to understand a possible eighth continent

  • A team of scientist just headed out on a two-month expedition at sea on July 27 to study what could be the world’s eighth continent.
  • Zealandia, a landmass estimated to be around half to two thirds the size of its neighbor, Australia, remains about 94% below the ocean’s surface.
  • Researchers have been studying it for about 20 years — since its name was first proposed in a 1995 white paper — but it’s still contested whether or not the landmass should be considered its own continent.
  • Technically, there’s no official body that awards landmasses the grand title of “continent,” but some scientists argue that it should be classified as one because of its distinct geology, thick crust and other factors. Read more (7/28/17)

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