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The New Zealand continent

The New Zealand continent

New Zealand’s islands are the higher ground of a mostly submerged continent called Zealandia, which is about two-thirds the size of Australia. Under water, the continent supports inshore fisheries, and parts of it may be mined for minerals in the future. Off the Taranaki coast it has been mined for oil and gas since the 1970s.

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Keith Lewis, Scott D. Nodder and Lionel Carter, 'Sea floor geology - Zealandia: the New Zealand continent', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Keith Lewis, Scott D. Nodder and Lionel Carter, published 12 Jun 2006