NEW EIGHTH CONTINENT – ZEALANDIA

Written By Avinash Sharan

30th December 2020

EARTH HAS A NEW EIGHTH CONTINENT – ZEALANDIA

NEW EIGHTH CONTINENT - ZEALANDIA

BREAKING OF PLATES FORM NEW                           CONTINENT ZEALANDIA

How many continents have you heard of ? Seven. But now when your teacher ask you about the total number of continents, then do not say seven. Your answer may be wrong. There is a new addition in the list of continents. Now there are not seven but eight continents. The new eighth continent – Zealandia in a new addition in the list of continents. https://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/27/3/article/GSATG321A.1.htm  Scientists have found this new eighth continent -Zealandia near Australia. ELON MUSK’S VIRGIN HYPERLOOP This new eighth continent -Zealandia is mostly under water. It is considered to be a part of Gondwanaland. According to the new map, this new eighth continent – Zealandia is spread over 50 lakh square kilometers. It is bigger than India in size INDIA – SIZE AND LOCATION .

 WHY SHOULD ZEALANDIA BE CONSIDERED AS A CONTINENT?

To know this let’s first understand what is a continent?

A continent is commonly defined as a large piece of landmass separated by natural features like sea, mountain, desert etc. Read about physical divisions of India CLASS IX GEOGRAPHY CHAPTER 2.

The new eighth continent – Zealandia, fulfills the definition of a continent.

As this is also a  huge landmass separated and surrounded by Pacific ocean (natural feature, therefore, it is considered as a continent.

Scientists were doing the research work from last 25 years .

In the year 2017, after the completion of their research work, they confirmed Zealandia as a new continent.

Today, the new eighth continent – Zealandia finds a place in the world map https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2020/06/29/stunning-new-maps-reveal-what-the-lost-continent-of-zealandia-looks-like/?sh=2bbe6ce622be .

WHERE IS ZEALANDIA LOCATED?

Zealandia is located in the South Pacific ocean अंडमान और निकोबार द्वीप समूह.

To be more precise, it is in the south-eastern part of Australia.

Today the major part of this  new eighth continent is under water.

HOW WAS THIS NEW EIGHTH CONTINENT “ZEALANDIA”CREATED?

Nature is not static.

It keeps on changing.

According to the scientists, Zealandia is a long but narrow microcontinent.

A microcontinent is a landmass that has broken off from the main continent CLASS IX GEOGRAPHY: TOP 25 MOST EXPECTED NTSE QUESTIONS .

Zealandia broke off from Antarctica and then from Australia about 80 million years ago.

Only 6% of this continent is visible in two parts.

One is New Zealand and the other one is New Caledonia.

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 AFRICA: CRADLE OF HUMANKIND

Africa is the second largest continent.

This continent along with South America, India and Australia was the part of Gondwanaland.

These countries got separated from Africa.

This continent has 54 countries.

17 countries located in Africa are land locked countries.

It is known as the cradle of mankind or the mother continent due to its being the oldest inhabited continent on Earth.

Humans and human ancestors have lived in Africa for more than 5 million years बरमुडा त्रिकोण – .

The ancient name of Africa was Alkebulan.

It is the only continent in the world which lies in all the four hemispheres.

IS ZEALANDIA THE PART OF AUSTRALIAN CONTINENT?

No, Zealandia is not the part of Australia.

Zealandia is a part of Oceania like Australia.

Oceania is the smallest continent of our planet.

There are thousands of Islands in Oceania out of which Australia is the biggest.

Therefore, Australia which is a part of Oceania is often referred to as the name of continent.

Oceania include all the islands surrounding Australia.

Oceania continent consists of 14 countries.

They are Australia, Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

FOUR PARTS OF OCEANIA:

Oceania is traditionally divided into four parts. They are Australia, Malanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia

The first part is Australia.

Second part is Micronesia which is locates in the North -Eastern part of Australia.

Third part is Malanesia located in the Northern part of Australia and

The fourth part is called Polynesia.

New Zealand is the part of Polynesia located to the east of Australia.

The new eighth continent Zealandia is a part of Polynesia. For Geography Board  Revision GEOGRAPHY BOARD EXAM – X

AFTER ZEALANDIA ANSWER THESE SIMPLE QUESTIONS BASED ON CONTINENTS?

  1. WHICH CONTINENT IS ALSO CALLED AS “WHITE CONTINENT”?

A. NORTH AMERICA

B. EUROPE

C. ANTARCTICA

D. AUSTRALIA

2. GREENLAND IS A COUNTRY WITHIN THE KINGDOM OF DENMARK. TO WHICH CONTINENT IT BELONGS TO. 

A. NORTH AMERICA

B. EUROPE

C. ASIA

D. ANTARCTICA

3. WHICH CONTINENT LIES IN ALL THE FOUR HEMISPHERES?

A. ASIA

B. EUROPE

C. NORTH AMERICA

D. AFRICA

4. WHICH IS THE SECOND LARGEST CONTINENT IN THE WORLD?

A. ASIA

B. AFRICA

C. NORTH AMERICA

D. SOUTH AMERICA

5. THE CONTINENT THROUGH WHICH BOTH THE TROPIC OF CANCER AND THE TROPIC OF CAPRICORN PASS IS?

A. AFRICA

B. EUROPE

C. ASIA

D. ANTARCTICA

6. WHICH CONTINENT OF THE WORLD DOES NOT HAVE A DESERT?

A. NORTH AMERICA

B. AUSTRALIA

C. EUROPE

D. ASIA

7. NAME THE CONTINENTS THAT FORM A MIRROR IMAGE OF EACH OTHER?

A. NORTH AMERICA AND SOUTH AMERICA

B. ASIA AND AFRICA

C. AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICA

D. EUROPE AND ASIA

8. WHICH CONTINENT IS REFERRED TO AS AN ISLAND CONTINENT?

A. ANTARCTICA

B. AUSTRALIA

C. AFRICA

D. EUROPE

9. IN WHICH CONTINENT CHRISTMAS IS CELEBRATED IN SUMMER SEASON  

A. ASIA

B. AUSTRALIA

C. EUROPE

D. NORTH AMERICA

10. THE NEW EIGHTH CONTINENT IS

A. MALANESIA

B. OCEANIA

C. ZEALANDIA

D. POLYNESIA

11. WHY AFRICA IS CALLED A “DARK CONTINENT“?

A. BECAUSE IT HAS DENSE AND DARK FORESTS

B. BECAUSE OF THE DARK COLOUR OF THEIR SKIN

C. BECAUSE THERE IS 6 MONTH NIGHT

D. BECAUSE IT REMAINED UNEXPLORED FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.

12. WHICH CONTINENT HAS NO LAND LOCKED COUNTRIES?

A. EUROPE

B. SOUTH AMERICA

C. NORTH AMERICA

D. ASIA

13. WHICH CONTINENT HAS THE LONGEST MOUNTAIN RANGE, LONGEST RIVER AND THE THE DRIEST PLACE IN THE WORLD हिमालय-भारत का सबसे कमज़ोर पर्वत?

A. ASIA

B. AUSTRALIA

C. NORTH AMERICA

D. SOUTH AMERICA’

14. WHY PENGUINS AND POLAR BEAR ARE NOT FOUND TOGETHER?

A. POLAR BEAR WILL EAT PENGUINS.

B. POLAR BEAR DO NOT LIKE PENGUINS

C. POLAR BEARS ARE FOUND IN NORTH ANTARCTICA AND PENGUINS IN SOUTH ANTARCTICA.

D. POLAR BEARS ARE FOUND IN NORTH POLE WHILE PENGUINS ARE FOUND IN SOUTH POLE REGION.

15. WHICH CONTINENT IS KNOWN AS “PENINSULA OF PENINSULAS“?

A. EUROPE

B. ASIA

C. AFRICA

D. SOUTH AMERICA

ANSWERS:

  1. C. ANTARCTICA  2.  A. NORTH AMERICA  3. D. AFRICA  4.  B. AFRICA  5.  A. AFRICA  6. C. EUROPE  7. C. AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICA

8. B. AUSTRALIA  9.  B. AUSTRALIA  10.  C. ZEALANDIA  11.  D. BECAUSE IT REMAINED UNEXPLORED FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.  

12.  C. NORTH AMERICA  13.  D. SOUTH AMERICA’  14.  D. POLAR BEARS ARE FOUND IN NORTH POLE WHILE PENGUINS ARE FOUND IN

SOUTH POLE REGION.  15.  A. EUROPE

 

 

 

 

 

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