Australian Geographic - - Wild Australia -

LO­CATED TO Aus­tralia’s east, this is the planet’s most re­cently named con­ti­nent. IODP Ex­pe­di­tion 371 left Townsville in July 2017 for a nine-week ex­pe­di­tion (shown by the yel­low line) to in­ves­ti­gate its com­plex his­tory. More than 94 per cent of the con­ti­nent lies below the waves, and six sites, cho­sen as the best lo­ca­tions to un­ravel its mys­ter­ies, were drilled for sed­i­ment core sam­ples. Most of Zealan­dia lies about 1000m below sea level, with New Zealand, New Cale­do­nia and sev­eral small is­lands be­ing the only parts above sea level.

The sci­en­tists of Ex­pe­di­tion 371 are now piec­ing to­gether the his­tory of this, our planet’s most hid­den con­ti­nent.

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