Many scientific reports have pointed out that once our earth’s plates were a whole, after the earth moved through the continental plates, multiple plates were formed, gradually evolving into today’s “seven continents and four oceans.” Of course, strictly speaking, the plates of the earth are actually connected together, not completely separated, but we seem to be separated on the surface.
In recent years, many scientists have discovered through research that there is actually another continent on our planet, which is hidden in the water.
According to new research published in the Seismological Society of America and the Journal of Tectonics, there have been changes in hidden continents or continents. This change is a change in geological activity. Once again, it reminds us whether the eighth continent of the earth is really To be born? Of course, this is not the first time this “eighth continent” has been said, and we have also explained it many times. So what is the conclusion of this new study?
A new subduction zone is formed
According to the “Tectonic” magazine, scientists have discovered that in the southern part of New Zealand, the earth is very unstable. Observations in the Puysegur trench area revealed that a new “subduction zone” has emerged. This subduction zone is due to A “new subduction zone” triggered by the movement of the Australian plate.
The formation time was in 2004, and it was also because of the movement of the plate that a magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred in the area in 2004. In other words, a new subduction zone was formed after this magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred. However, this “new subduction zone” is a bit peculiar. In fact, it is not a “new subduction zone” produced by plate movement, but a hidden subduction zone that becomes a “new subduction zone”. How to explain?
That is, after the earthquake, the subduction zone hidden in the “Sealand”, which is what we call “Sealand”-the eighth continent, evolved after the occurrence of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake.
After the stretching and movement of the plate movement, a denser oceanic crustal area hits under the “Eighth Continent”, and the hidden subduction zone rises, so there is a more obvious “new” that we can observe. “Subduction zone”, from once hidden to today’s “revealed” state.
Scientific researcher Brandon Schuck said that subduction zones are indeed the main driving force of plate tectonics, so they are the main factor in the true movement of plates on the earth, and they have extremely strong destructive power during the movement. Plate movement in the area may cause major earthquakes, or even tsunamis.
Of course, this state of motion is also the main factor leading to earth earthquakes. At the same time, the researchers also discovered that as the crust becomes thinner, magma from the inside of the earth pushes up through the cracks and hardens into new rocks. This process is called seafloor diffusion, which is how new oceanic crust is formed.
The eighth continent will emerge from the bottom of the water?
Judging from the current situation, the formation of a new subduction zone is actually changing a state of the “Eighth Continent” area, and new rocky areas are constantly emerging. If it continues, it is indeed possible that such a situation will occur—then It is the eighth continent that rushes out from the bottom of the water, but it is also an area where magma is formed.
According to scientific analysis, if the “Eighth Continent” does appear, then it is impossible to give a separate explanation because it is hidden near New Zealand.
In other words, part of New Zealand may belong to the New World, and according to data, this continent has an area of 4.9 million square kilometers, 94% of which is underwater, and may be the smallest continent in the world.
The continent has only three main land masses, namely the North Island and South Island of New Zealand in the south, and New Caledonia in the north. This is the area we can see today. If under constant movement, the land mass is likely to be These parts are linked together.
However, judging from the current research situation, it may not be so fast to form this speed. This area has been on the sea floor for thousands of years. Although scientists have discovered the formation of a new subduction zone, this can only be said to be a geological change in the area, which does not explain the problem.
Therefore, it may take a long time for the eighth continent to be flushed out of the water, but now many people in the scientific community have defined it as the “eighth continent” and analyzed the conditions for it to have a continent.
Scientist: It is the eighth continent, with the characteristics required by the continent
Eleven scientists who participated in this research published a report and hoped that the world would recognize the existence of this eighth continent. At the same time, they also conducted an analysis and found that this hidden continent possesses the characteristics required by the continent, including the existence of different types of rocks. , And more importantly is the higher relative altitude compared to the oceanic crust, so it should indeed be defined separately. And through research on this hidden continent, it is also found that the “Eighth Continent” stores fossil fuels worth tens of billions of dollars.
Then it should not be classified separately, so the earth may become “eight continents and four oceans” in the future, and the formation of this continent is also brought about by the changes of the earth.
Once 94% of the continent was separated from Australia, and then it sank into the water between 60 million and 85 million years ago, so now we can’t see this continent out of the surface, but several adjacent small islands. The surface of the water, because most of it exists in the bottom of the sea.
On the whole, it is unclear whether this eighth continent will really appear in the future, but changes in geological activities are taking place, so it is still possible in the future, but the time will certainly not be too fast. After all, the earth is active every day. , And there is no major change.