Lake and the Adriatic sea, as it was 140 million years ago, in advance, under what is now the south of europe. The dark green areas show land above the water, and the lighter green of the land below. (Photo: © Douwe van Hinsbergen)
((Image: © Douwe van Hinsbergen))
There is a lost continent hidden underneath the south of Europe. The researchers have created the most detailed reconstruction as yet.
The lost continent is “Large” and the Adriatic sea was about 240 million years ago, after it broke from Gondwana, the southern supercontinent of Africa, Antarctica, South America, Australia, and other large land masses, such as the journal Science reported.
Lake and the Adriatic sea, was large, extending from the Alps to Iran, but not all of it was in and out of the water. This means that it is likely to be a series of islands or groups of islands, said the lead author, Douwe van Hinsbergen, and the chair of the global plate tectonics and paleogeography in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. It would be a good diving area.”
Hinsbergen, and his team spent a decade collecting and analyzing the rock, which used to be a part of the continent. In the mountain belts, where these are Greater, As the rocks have been found to span over 30 different countries, and Hinsbergen, told Live Science. “Each country has its own, and the u.s. geological survey, and to make their own maps and create their own stories and create their own continents,” he said. In this study, “we bring all of that together into a bigger picture.”
The earth is covered with tectonic plates moving relative to each other. Greater Adria was one of the African tectonic plate, but not a part of the African continent, since there’s an ocean between us, and it was slowly sliding under the Eurasian tectonic plate, in what is now the south of Europe.
About 100 million to 120 million years ago, the Lake and the Adriatic sea to being beaten in Europe, and it began to dive, but some of the rocks were too light and not sinking into the Earth’s mantle. Instead, they are “stripped down” — in a way that is similar to what happens when a person puts his arm under the table, and then slowly move The case to get creased, ” he said. This crumpled-formed mountain ranges such as the Alps. It was also around this ancient rock and is locked in place, which to geologists, they were able to find it.
Hinsbergen, and his team looked at the orientation of the tiny magnetic minerals are produced by primitive bacteria in the rocks. The bacteria make magnetic particles in order to orient themselves with the magnetic field of the Earth. When the bacteria die, the magnetic minerals are left behind in the sediment Hinsbergen he said.
With time, the sediment around them is changing, in a rock, freeze them in the way they are in the hundreds of millions of years ago. Hinsbergen, and his team discovered that in many of these areas, the rock had to undergo very large rotations.
What’s more, it Hinsbergen the team joined the big rocks that used to belong to each other, such as in a belt of volcanoes, or of coral. The move of the errors are scattered all over the rock, if the pieces of a broken plate,” he said.
It’s like a big puzzle, and Hinsbergen he said. “All the pieces are jumbled up, and I have spent the last 10 years in the making, the puzzle is solved.” From there, they used the software to create detailed maps of that continent, and confirmed that it will be moved to the north, while it is running to something, before continuing in Europe.
After many years of working in the Mediterranean region, and Hinsbergen, it is now moving towards the reconstruction of the missing panels is in the Pacific Ocean. “You know, I’ll be back probably in 5 or 10 years from now when a bunch of young college students will have to demonstrate that the parts are in the wrong,” Hinsbergan he said. “Then I’ll come back to it and see if I can fix it.”
The findings were published in the Sept. 3, in the journal Gondwana Research.
Originally published on Live Science.