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15. Scientists discover new continent

from Kelowna Now

From Feb. 23, 2017: The Geological Society of America (GSA) recently announced the discovery of a new continent: Zealandia. According to a paper published by the GSA, Zealandia measures 1.9 million square kilometres and is 94 per cent underwater. As well, Zealandia meets all the necessary requirements to be considered a continent. Authors of the paper propose that like Earth's seven other continents, Zealandia is substantially elevated above the surrounding oceanic crust, exhibits a distinct geology, a well-defined area and a crust thicker than that of the ocean basins. more

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