New Delhi: Does anything lost come back? Something that was lost 15 million years ago? Not a small thing, the scientists claimed that they have found the location of an entire continent that was ‘missing’ 15 million years ago. The name of the continent? ‘Argoland’ (Argoland). The scientists claim that this land was separated from Australia millions of years ago. But where does he go? It was not known for so long. This time, his whereabouts have been found, claims a group of researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. They gave details about this to the science related website ‘Live Science’.
What claim researchers?
Elder Advocate, a researcher at Utrecht University’s ‘Department of Earth Science’, said, ‘We knew that the location of that land could be found somewhere in the northern part of Australia. So let’s look for Southeast Asia.’ According to the research team, they tried to reconstruct the event of how ‘Argoland’ separated from Australia millions of years ago to understand where that land could be now. The findings lead to isolated fragments of some ancient landmasses in Indonesia and Myanmar, researchers said. But is this ‘Argoland’? Elder Advocate said, ‘When researchers tried to create a hypothetical image of Argoland from that isolated terrain, nothing came up.’ So where did he go?
Now the scientists started to think from the opposite direction. By collecting various evidences about ‘Argoland’ from different parts of Southeast Asia, he tries to understand how it came north after separating from Australia. Based on that, they began to analyze the isolated parts of the ancient land in detail. It can be seen that there are traces of a small ocean about 20 million years ago in that area. They came to know that the lost continent broke apart due to the impact of tectonic forces. First it was isolated from the rest of the continent. After that Southeast Asia was torn apart and washed away.
Based on this hypothesis, researchers from Utrecht University believe that ‘Argoland’ was never lost. Rather, it remains largely fragmented. Specifically, the location of this fragmented land under the islands of the eastern part of Indonesia. Geologist Dui von Hinsbergen of Utrecht University and Elder Advocate named this terrain ‘Argopelago’. They hope that this research will help to understand the weather and climate of the area.
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