We all grew up learning about the 7 continents of the world, but a group of scientists are arguing that a mostly-submerged land mass in the South Pacific is, in fact, the 8th. It’s name is Zealandia, and it rests east of Australia just below the surface of the South Pacific. Fortunately, there are plenty of spots where Zealandia breaks out of its watery grave. The islands of New Zealand, New Caledonia and a smattering of nearby calderas are all remnants of this continent, which is just over half the size of Australia. Some of these isolated islands, like Ball’s Pyramid, are both eery to look at and home to unique species (like the Lord Howe Island stick insect). So if you are planning on setting foot on every continent before you die, be sure to buy a ticket to Auckland.


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