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Earth: The Lost Continent of Zealandia

Zealandia Map

Earth’s mysterious eighth continent doesn’t appear on most conventional maps; that’s because almost 95% of its land mass is submerged thousands of feet beneath the Pacific Ocean. Zealandia — or Te Riu-a-Māui, as it’s referred to in the indigenous Māori language — is a 2 million-square-mile (5 million square kilometers) continent east of Australia, beneath modern-day New Zealand. Scientists discovered the sprawling underwater mass in the 1990s, then gave it formal continent status in 2017. Still, the “lost continent” remains largely unknown and poorly studied due to its Atlantean geography. Now, GNS Science — a geohazards research and consultancy organization … Read more

Cartographer Creates Beautiful Rainbow Maps of River Basins

Rivers get the rainbow treatment in a gorgeous series of maps from a Hungarian cartographer. Available for download on Etsy, the maps are both beautiful and scientifically accurate. Their creator, Robert Szucs, has a background in geographic information systems (GIS) but was bored by standard river maps with “all the lines blue, all the same width.” “Uninspiring,” he told Live Science. “I felt I might be able to do better.” Since 2016, Szucs has been offering his maps on Etsy, where nearly 4,000 buyers seem to agree that he’s done better. Selling the maps was originally just a hobby, he … Read more