If there's one thing that excites us more than the idea of alien planets, it's the thought of what might be waiting beneath the surface of the ocean. Cthulu? Snorks? The lost continent of Atlantis? Unfortunately, science is a big party-pooper that says that probably none of those are actually real. Except...there really is a lost continent in the Pacific Ocean, and its highest point is the only part that's breached the surface. You know it as New Zealand, but there's a whole lot more Zealand where that came from.
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Key Facts In This Video
About 26 million years ago, Zealandia (the ancient continent of New Zealand) almost disappeared beneath the ocean. 00:01
What saved New Zealand from becoming completely submerged with the rest of Zealandia was the collision between the Australian and Pacific plates. 00:11
A series of underwater blasts over 4 million years is what brought the Chatham Islands above sea level. 01:34
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