Dreamers and story tellers have been talking of the “lost continent of Atlantis” seemingly forever, but now geologists have announced that they have found a real lost continent and it has been hiding under southern Europe this whole time.
A gigantic mass the size of Greenland has been buried under Europe and part of the Mediterranean sea for millions of years, according to a report of the results of the geological research, the New York Post says.
The researchers say that the land mass that is now hidden, broke off Africa 240 million years ago and drifted westward. Researchers of the Utrecht University in the Netherlands have dubbed the hidden continent “Greater Adria.”
Greater Adria began forming 240 million years ago during the Triassic period, they said.
The submerged continent was discovered as the scientists began reconstructing the geology of the Mediterranean as it evolved. Indeed, humans have been walking on parts of this continent since man spread to the area.
“Forget Atlantis,” Douwe van Hinsbergen, study author and professor of global tectonics and paleogeography at Utrecht University, told the news outlet. “Without realizing it, vast numbers of tourists spend their holiday each year on the lost continent of Greater Adria.”
According to the researchers, the tallest parts of Greater Adria where sheared off by the collisions of geologic mass and now form parts of the Alps, Greece, and Turkey.
“Most mountain chains that we investigated originated from a single continent that separated from North Africa more than 200 million years ago,” van Hinsbergen continued. “The only remaining part of this continent is a strip that runs from Turin via the Adriatic Sea to the heel of the boot that forms Italy.”
“The deformed remnants of the top few kilometers of the lost continent can still be seen in the mountain ranges,” their report adds. “The rest of the piece of continental plate, which was about 100 kilometers [62 miles] thick, plunged under Southern Europe into the Earth’s mantle, where we can still trace it with seismic waves up to a depth of 1,500 kilometers [932 miles].”
Greater Adria now joins two other hidden continents that have been discovered beneath the world’s oceans.
In 2017, researchers announced the discovery of the lost continent they dubbed the supercontinent Gondwana, found underneath the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
Also, in 2017, researchers announced the discovery of another mass they called Zealandia, found in the South Pacific only two thirds of a mile beneath the water.
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