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US NewsAdria, the world's lost continent: Greenland-sized landmass smashed into Europe 100million years ago but was then obliterated

08:05  12 september  2019
08:05  12 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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But about 100 million years ago it moved north and was crushed beneath Europe . Rocks which broke off and were discovered by scientists have been spread across the world from Spain to Share or comment on this article: Lost Greenland - sized continent 'Greater Adria ' smashed into Europe

About 140 million years ago , Greater Adria —which later got shoved beneath southern Europe — was a Forget the legendary lost continent of Atlantis. Geologists have reconstructed, time slice by time slice Then , as it collided with what is now Europe between 100 million and 120 million years ago


Adria, the world's lost continent: Greenland-sized landmass smashed into Europe 100million years ago but was then obliterated © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 'lost continent' was destroyed when it moved north and collided with what is now Europe, sending most of its mass under the ground and sea and the rest of it crumbling into rocks on land

Geologists have revealed the history of a lost continent in painstaking detail for the first time.

Greater Adria would have been about the size of Greenland and attached to what are now France, Spain and Africa.

In a 427-page long record of 240million years of world history, researchers have detailed how the continent essentially crumbled into what is now Europe.

The paper is the most detailed reconstruction of how the Earth's land masses could have looked a quarter of a billion years ago.

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Previous research has also revealed microplastics absorb toxic chemicals, which are then released in the gut of animals. He added that consumers are willing to pay Adria , the world ' s lost continent : Greenland - sized landmass smashed into Europe 100 million years ago but was then obliterated .

Between 100 million and 120 million years ago , it collided with what’ s now Europe . Understanding Greater Adria is a puzzle that’ s been ten years in the making, and things aren’t completely settled Even what to name the ancient landmass has been debated. But its known existence is a sign that

And Greater Adria, which could have stretched from the Alps to Iran, may have been the driving force behind the formation of mountains throughout Italy, Turkey, Greece and south-eastern Europe.

Adria, the world's lost continent: Greenland-sized landmass smashed into Europe 100million years ago but was then obliterated © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Greater Adria would have been attached to the north side of the prehistoric supercontinent of Gondwana, which was made up of almost the entire modern world – land masses which are now Africa, Antarctica, South America, Australia and parts of the Middle East and Asia

'The Mediterranean region is quite simply a geological mess,' said the lead researcher, Professor Douwe van Hinsbergen, from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

'Everything is curved, broken, and stacked.'

Professor van Hinsbergen wrote the paper alongside colleagues from universities in Oslo, Johannesburg, Zurich, Birmingham and Queensland.

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Around 100 million years ago , it collided with what is now Europe , and got trapped beneath that continent . After the collision, a fraction of Greater Adria ' s rocks remained on the earth' s surface, and it helped scientists to know about this lost continent that was buried under a gigantic landmass 100

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They explained how they believed not all of Greater Adria was above sea level, meaning it may have taken the form of an archipelago of islands such as the UK or the Philippines.

And as the Earth's plates shifted, the continent was ground into Europe, with some of it being forced underneath the rock and the rest crumbling onto the top.

It was this crumpling together of the rock which may have laid the base for mountain chains such as the Alps, Live Science reported.

Before becoming its own continent, Greater Adria is thought to have been part of the prehistoric supercontinent, Gondwana.

Adria, the world's lost continent: Greenland-sized landmass smashed into Europe 100million years ago but was then obliterated © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Professor van Hinsbergen said the collision of Greater Adria and what is now Europe may have formed the basis for many modern-day mountain ranges, which are detailed in this image

Gondwana was made up of almost the entire modern world – land masses which are now Africa, Antarctica, South America, Australia and parts of the Middle East and Asia.

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About 140 million years ago , it was a Greenland - size landmass , largely submerged in a tropical sea, where sediments collected and slowly turned into rock. Then , as it collided with what is now Europe between 100 million and 120 million years ago

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About 240million years ago, Gondwana began to move northward and collided with Europe between 100 and 120million years ago.

Rocks which broke off and were discovered by scientists have been spread across the world from Spain to as far afield as Iran, making reconstructing the events particularly difficult.

'All the bits and pieces are jumbled up and I spent the last 10 years making the puzzle again,' Professor van Hinsbergen told Live Science.

Adria, the world's lost continent: Greenland-sized landmass smashed into Europe 100million years ago but was then obliterated © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This map of Europe, Africa and Asia shows the spread of rock from Greater Adria, which is illustrated by the various shades of brown along the northern coast of the Mediterranean Sea encompassing Turkey, Greece, Croatia and italy

'Every country has their own geological survey and their own maps and their own stories and their own continents. With this study, we brought that all together in one big picture.'

The continents collided at a rate of only about three to four centimetres per year, Science magazine reported, but it still managed to smash the 100km (62mi) thick continent deep inside the Earth below.

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Greater Adria became a separate entity when it broke away from the supercontinent Gondwana (which contained Africa, South America, Australia, Antarctica At 100 million years on its own, though, it was the size of Greenland , but then it collided with what is now Europe and became shattered as Europe

The lost continent "Greater Adria " emerged about 240 million years ago , after it broke off from Gondwana, a southern supercontinent Greater Adria belonged to the African tectonic plate ( but was not a part of the African continent , since there was an ocean between them), which was slowly sliding

Using advanced computer software, Professor van Hinsbergen and his colleagues were able to recreate how the earth's tectonic plates could have looked over time.

They looked at magnetic minerals left behind by bacteria inside rock samples believed to be from Greater Adria to try and work out how their positions had changed over time.

The minerals try to orient themselves with the Earth's magnetic fields and are frozen in that direction in the rock, giving scientists an idea of how they may have rotated.

Professor van Hinsbergen's paper was published in the journal Gondwana Research.

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The European Space Agency (ESA) last year uncovered relics of lost continents that have hidden under Antarctica for millions of years.

Satellite images revealed a timeline of the ancient landmasses buried a mile (1.6km) beneath the icy continent.

Scientists said the snaps shed new light on Antarctica, the 'least understood continent on Earth'.

They used data from the long-dead Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE), which plummeted into Earth after it ran out of fuel in 2013.

While the satellite had been out of action for five years, scientists were still poring over reams of data it collected on Earth's gravitational pull.

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A lost continent that sunk 100 million years ago has been discovered underneath New Zealand. The sunken world has been dubbed Zealandia as is mostly submerged beneath the South Pacific. The land before time. Mysterious ' lost continent ' is discovered underneath island of Mauritius.

Around 240 million years ago , Greater Adria was part of the Pangea supercontinent, squashed up It broke away from Africa 20 million years later, then separated from France and Spain 40 million The destruction of Greater Adria began in earnest 100 million years ago , when it encountered what is

Adria, the world's lost continent: Greenland-sized landmass smashed into Europe 100million years ago but was then obliterated © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The study revealed that West Antarctica (green) has a thinner crust than East Antarctica (blue), which has a 'family likeness to Australia and India'

A team of scientists used GOCE readings to map out the movements of Earth's tectonic plates under Antarctica.

Their research allowed them to track hidden tectonic shifts over the last 200 million years, offering fresh insights into how Antarctica formed.

'These gravity images are revolutionising our ability to study the least understood continent on Earth: Antarctica,' Fausto Ferraccioli from the British Antarctic Survey said at the time.

Adria, the world's lost continent: Greenland-sized landmass smashed into Europe 100million years ago but was then obliterated © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A team of scientists used GOCE readings to map out the movements of Earth's tectonic plates under Antarctica

The readings shed light on the breakup of Gondwana, a long-gone 'supercontinent' that housed what is now Antarctica.

While the landmass split some 130 million years ago, the map shows that Antarctica and Australia remained linked as recently as 55 million years ago.

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The study also revealed that West Antarctica has a thinner crust than East Antarctica, which has a 'family likeness to Australia and India'.

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