By Nate Kammerer
Researchers have discovered a long lost continent and named it Greater Adria. The land mass is close to the size of Greenland and has remained buried under Europe for about 140 million years.
Supposedly, the lost continent broke off from North Africa and was mostly covered by the ocean. Researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands discovered it, and according to CNN, they were in the process of reconstructing the geology of the Mediterranean as it evolved.
Douwe van Hinsbergen, a global tectonics and paleogeography professor at Utrecht University, told CNN, “From this mapping emerged the picture of Greater Adria, and several smaller continental blocks too, which now form parts of Romania, North Turkey or Armenia.”
The continent was given its name by the finders at Utrecht University. Their research was published this month in the scientific journal Gondwana Research. The researchers also reported that it is very likely many people unknowingly stepped foot onto Greater Adria.
“Forget Atlantis. Without realizing it, vast numbers of tourists spend their holiday each year on the lost continent of Greater Adria,” van Hinsbergen remarked.
While the majority of Greater Adria is underwater, a large amount of the continent’s sedimentary pieces were scraped off and make up some of the European mountain belts, including some areas of the Alps, Greece and Turkey.
Van Hinsbergen reported that the lost continent’s remains can still be found in those mountains. The rest of it, around 100 kilometers (62 miles) of rock, is resting in the earth’s mantle underneath Southern Europe. The professor also believes that the research for the evolution of mountain ranges might reveal large details about the history of earth’s continents.
Through the research, Greater Adria was found to have started forming during the Triassic period, which was around 240 million years ago.
This is not the first time a lost continent has been discovered. In January of 2017, multiple researchers announced that they had discovered a continent left over from the supercontinent Gondwana. The leftover piece is now lava-covered and under Mauritius, an island located in the Indian Ocean.
Also, in September of 2017, another research team discovered the lost continent of Zealandia through ocean drilling in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean. To this day, it still sits two-thirds of a mile under the sea.
The Earth contains secrets that the modern world has yet to discover. Human beings are the leaders of the Earth, which means they need to be willing to try and explain how humans and the Earth have evolved.
The world has a way of creating its own story and leaving clues for people to discover later on. Countless other mysteries remain concealed, and the unanticipated discovery of Greater Aldria proves it.