A lost continent has been found under Europe

Sep 2012
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A lost continent has been found under Europe
Researchers have discovered a hidden continent on Earth, but it's not Atlantis. They found it while reconstructing the evolution of Mediterranean region's complex geology, which rises with mountain ranges and dips with seas from Spain to Iran.

The continent is called Greater Adria. It's the size of Greenland and it broke off from North Africa, only to be buried under Southern Europe about 140 million years ago.

And chances are, you've been there without even knowing it.

"Forget Atlantis," said Douwe van Hinsbergen, study author and professor of global tectonics and paleogeography at Utrecht University. "Without realizing it, vast numbers of tourists spend their holiday each year on the lost continent of Greater Adria."

The study was published this month in the journal Gondwana Research.

Researching the evolution of mountain ranges can show the evolution of continents.

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