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After 375 Years, Scientists Now Find The Vanished Continent.

It’s astonishing how many new discoveries are made every year, considering how long humans have existed on Earth.

After reaching the lowest point on Earth, scientists were able to make an astounding discovery because of the tremendous advancements in science over the years. But the discovery of a vanished continent may rank among the most astounding findings revealed by scientists in recent memory.

Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia are the seven known continents; however, there was previously an eighth continent that was not widely known.

This supercontinent was known as the “Great Southern Continent.”It was even partially discovered in the 1600s, and theories concerning it date back to the Roman era.The continent, which at first comprised both Western Antarctica and Eastern Australia, baffled scholars for a long time.

Answers were eventually found, but it would take over four centuries for geologists to reach a consensus regarding the new continent.Let’s return to the original discovery now.Abel Tasman, a Dutch sailor and trader, sailed out in 1642 to discover the mysterious eighth continent, Terra Australis in Latin.After leaving Jakarta, Indonesia, Tasman finally touched down on the Southern Island of New Zealand and began his explorations.The local Māori met him before he could set foot on dry soil, and they were, to put it mildly, not impressed with the European sailor.

They were so irritated by his presence, in fact, that they used a canoe to smash a boat that was carrying communications between the Dutch ships, killing four people.

Tasman left to return home after failing to locate the new country, and he never came back; paradoxically, this was the first time that information concerning the enigmatic eighth continent was documented.

Nearly four centuries later, geologists from GNS reported that they had found a new continent known as Zealandia, or Te Riu-a-Māui in Māori.

As it happens, most of the 1.89 million square mile (4.9 million sq km) continent that had been hiding in plain sight is under water.

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