Lost continent of Zealandia mapped in unprecedented detail

The mysterious eighth continent of Earth does not appear on most conventional maps; That is because almost 95% of its land mass is submerged thousands of feet below the Pacific Ocean.

Zealandia – or Te Riu-a-Māui, as it is known in the indigenous Maori language – is a continent 2 million square miles (5 million square kilometers) east of Australia, below present-day New Zealand. Scientists discovered the vast underwater mass in the 1990s, and then gave it formal continent status in 2017. However, the “lost continent” remains largely unknown and poorly studied due to its Atlantean geography.