In a new development, scientists have discovered fragments of a continent called Argoland in Southeast Asia. Reports state that these fragments were originally part of Australia, but have since then shifted towards the eastern side of Indonesia. Argoland was once a part of a landmass that existed 155 million years ago, spanning an area as extensive as the United States.
Referring to this, Eldert Advokaat, a geologist and author from Utrecht University, elaborated that they have been dealing with isolated pockets of information, which accounts for the prolonged duration of our research. He further added that their investigation extended over a span of seven years.
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The recently discovered fragments of continents have been found in the surrounding regions of Southeast Asia, which were originally part of Australia.
Although scientists identified remnants of ribbon continents in Southeast Asia, they struggled to find the answers. The chain referred to as ‘Argoland,’ initially existed as a cohesive landmass.
The situation in Southeast Asia differs from regions like South America and Africa, where continents are nearly broken into pieces. Reports add that Argoland was also fragmented into numerous pieces, which further complicated the reconstruction of its historical trajectory. A map illustrating the current location of Argoland has been shared, which reveals that the fragments have primarily shifted towards the eastern side of Indonesia, with some migrating towards Myanmar.
Based on this premise, researchers came to a conclusion that Argoland had not actually vanished, but rather managed to survive as an extensively stretched and fragmented collection beneath the islands east of Indonesia. This revelation allowed scientists to trace the trajectory of Argoland over the last 155 million years.
Given that Argoland is not a cohesive landmass but rather a series of microcontinents, Advokaat and his colleagues at Utrecht University introduced a novel term for it – Argopelago.