Iceland is a Nordic island country located in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its capital is Reykjavík. It has a population of 356,991 inhabitants. Since the island is a plateau mainly formed by sand and lava fields, Iceland is volcanically and geologically active.
Iceland has been in the scope of scientists for many years and now they’ve come with a new finding. As it turns out, Iceland might be hiding a new continent under the sea with fragments of the Pangea.
Remember Pangea was a supercontinent that somewhere around 180 million years ago started to break up into the seven continents we know today. And now scientists are researching this new finding of a new continent underneath Iceland. Let’s check it out.
What We Know So Far
The new continent found under Iceland could be much larger than all of Europe. Even if we think we know everything about Earth and we’re starting to explore space with a detailed map of the Milky Way, it seems that we might not have all the information about the geological evolution of our own planet.
So far, scientists suspect that under the water of the northern latitudes, beneath Iceland to be more precise, there could be a prehistoric continent hiding of which there is no record at all. It could be a country composing just the tip of an entire massive rock formation, which has remained covered by waves.
The Geological Secret
Scientists have referred to the continent below Iceland as “a remarkable geological secret”. Scientists suspect that this geological formation could reveal the last tangible reminiscences of the Pangea.
They decided to name this hidden continent “Icelandia”, in reference to the country that crowns it. And it could be much larger than all of Europe. It is believed to cover up to a million square kilometers.
The possible presence of the new continent below Iceland has puzzled geologists working on the research. After all, if the theory was proven, this meant that Pangea did not completely break down towards the end of the Paleozoic era, about 50 million years ago.