Scientists have rediscovered the remains of a long-lost continent, Argoland.
The continent was said to have submerged in the ocean for 155 million years. Studies claim that it surpassed the size of the United States and spread throughout the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.
Scientists and researchers have searched for these geological remains for over seven years.
A paper published in the journal Gondwana Research on October 19 named “The Story of Argoland’s Rediscovery” throws light on the difficulties faced by the researchers during their discovery.
The history of this continent takes us back to the time when dinosaurs roamed the planet. After which, it drifted toward Southeast Asia and gradually disappeared.
Study author Douwe Van Hinsbergen commented on the discovery that if continents vanish into the earth’s surface like this, we would have an incomplete understanding of the geological past.
Dutch scientists have lately discovered geological “mega-units” embedded in small islands and scattered across the ocean floor that appear to be remains of Argoland.
Once spanning more than 3,000 miles, this massive continent broke apart into a group of islands in the Late Triassic era, with some of its portions eventually sinking beneath the sea.
This discovery has made a remarkable mark in the earth’s geological path.
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