Pic: GSA Today
Scientists are calling for a new continent to be made official - Zealandia.
A group of 11 geologists have put their findings to the Geological Society of America, saying the area off Australia's east coast (totalling 4.9 million square kilometres, 94% of which is actually under water) is the world's smallest continent..
How is a continent even decided?, you ask..
Well... there are four attributes needed to be considered a continent - mostly to do with the types of rock formations - and they say 'Zealandia' ticks all four boxes.
As for the name? The term 'Zealandia' was first coined by geophysicist Bruce Luyendyk back in the mid-90s when he thought only 3 of the 4 requirements.
It's thanks to newer satellite technology that they've been able to confirm the final attribute - that the area is one single land mass.
Written by Claire Sherwood @clairesherwood_