Submerged continent

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Kerguelen Plateau Topography

A submerged continent or sunken continent is a continental mass, extensive in size, but mainly undersea. The terminology is used by some paleogeologists and geographers in reference to some land masses.

The main examples in this class are the Kerguelen Plateau, Seychelles microcontinent, Mauritia (microcontinent), and Zealandia.

Submerged continents have been sought and speculated about in regard to a possible "lost continent" underwater in the Atlantic Ocean.[1][2] There was also a search in the 1930s for Lemuria, believed to have possibly been a submerged continent between the Indian and African coasts.[3]

See also


  1. ^ ATLANTIS SEARCH SHIFTS TO AEGEAN; Lost Continent Legend Held Based on False Statistics 1966 New York Times
  2. ^ "Ignatius Donnelly has recently published at work in defence of the story that a Continent known among the ancients as Atlantis was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by an earthquake." A Submerged Continent April 4, 1882 page 1 Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ "Submerged continent". The Sydney Morning Herald. November 28, 1932. 
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