Iceland is ‘tip of a LOST continent’ that sank beneath waves 10million years ago’ – and could rise again

ICELAND may be the tip of a gigantic, sunken continent called Icelandia, according to research. An international team of geologists say the sub-aquatic land could stretch from Greenland all the way to Europe. Get all the latest Science newsKeep up-to-date with the top Space & Astronomy storiesAll the latest Archaelogy news from dinosaurs to Ancient artefacts It is believed to cover an area of around 600,000 square kilometres – roughly the size of Texas. However, when adjoining areas west of Britain are included in a “Greater Icelandia”, the region could measure one million square kilometres – an area bigger than Australia. If proven, it means that the giant supercontinent of Pangaea, which included all of Earth’s landmass and is thought to have broken up over 50million years ago, has in fact not fully disbanded. This new theory challenges long-held scientific ideas around the extent of oceanic and continental crust in the North Atlantic region, and how volcanic islands, like Iceland, formed. The presence of continental, rather than oceanic, crust could also spark discussions about a new source of minerals and hydrocarbons, both of which are contained in continental crust. The work could also have important legal and political consequences, too.…

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Iceland is ‘tip of a LOST continent’ that sank beneath waves 10million years ago’ – and could rise again

Updated: July 29, 2021 — 10:26 am