Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsGeography · 1 month ago

What continent is New Zealand part of?

6 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    New Zealand is not part of the continent of Australia, but of the separate, submerged continent of Zealandia. New Zealand and Australia are both part of the Oceanian sub-region known as Australasia, with New Guinea being in Melanesia.

  • 1 month ago

    Zealandia is an almost entirely submerged mass of continental crust that subsided after breaking away from Gondwanaland 83–79 million years ago. It has variously been described as a continental fragment, a microcontinent, a submerged continent, and a continent. The landmass may have been completely submerged by about 23 million years ago, and most of it (93%) remains submerged beneath the Pacific Ocean. New Zealand is the largest part of Zealandia that is above sea level, followed by New Caledonia. With a total area of 4,920,000 km2 (1,900,000 sq mi), it is the world's largest current microcontinent, more than twice the size of the next-largest microcontinent and more than half the size of the Australian continent. As such, and due to other geological considerations, such as crustal thickness and density, it is arguably a continent in its own right. This was the argument which made news in 2017, when geologists from New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Australia concluded that Zealandia fulfills all the requirements to be considered a continent, rather than a microcontinent or continental fragment. New Zealand geologist Nick Mortimer has commented that "if it wasn't for the ocean, it would have been recognized as such long ago".

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    New Zealand is NOT part of any Continent.  Oceania is NOT a Continent, it is a AREA.

    The Closest Continent to NZ is Australia and there is a big body of Ocean separating them.

  • 1 month ago

    New Zealand is a part of Oceania.

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    At times it has been lumped in with Australasia, but in modern times it is part of that very wide-spread grouping called Oceania, which includes all those scattered groups of small Pacific islands.

  • 1 month ago

    It is not part of a continent. It is part of a region called Oceania.

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