Researchers claim world may have eight continents


Researchers have claimed that the world may in fact have eight continents and not seven. This comes after scientists said a huge landmass almost entirely submerged in the southwest Pacific named Zealandia, qualifies as a continent and should be recognised as such.

In a paper published in the Geological Society of America's Journal, researchers explain that Zealandia measures five million sq km (1.9m sq miles) which is about two thirds of neighbouring Australia and is almost entirely covered by ocean. A renewed push is now being made for it to be classified a continent.