A long-hidden continent has been discovered by researchers under Southern Europe. The continent of the size of Greenland was buried under Southern Europe for around 140 million years.
The buried continent called “Greater Adria” apparently separated from North Africa and hid largely underwater.
While the researchers were reconstructing the Mediterranean’s complex geology, this continent was discovered.
In the scientific journal Gondwana Research, this research was published. According to researchers, it is probable that many people would have set foot on Greater Adria unknowingly.
Study author and professor of global tectonics and paleogeography at Utrecht University Douwe van Hinsbergen said: “Forget Atlantis”.
Hinsbergen said, “Without realizing it, vast numbers of tourists spend their holiday each year on the lost continent of Greater Adria.”
Adding, “It is quite simply a geological mess. Everything is curved, broken and stacked. Compared to this, the Himalayas, for example, represent a rather simple system.”
“Most mountain chains that we investigated originated from a single continent that separated from North Africa more than 200 million years ago. The only remaining part of this continent is a strip that runs from Turin via the Adriatic Sea to the heel of the boot that forms Italy.”
According to researchers, the Greater Adria started to become its own continent 240 million years ago during the Triassic period.
Hinsbergen said, “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, for example.
The deformed remnants of the top few kilometers of the lost continent can still be seen in the mountain ranges. The rest of the piece of the continental plate, which was about 100 kilometers [62 miles] thick, plunged under Southern Europe into the Earth’s mantle, where we can still trace it with seismic waves up to a depth of 1,500 kilometers [932 miles].”