Iceland May Be Remnant of Ancient Continent

A new theory argues that Iceland may be the last exposed remnant of a continent called Icelandia that sank beneath the North Atlantic Ocean about 10 million years ago.

This goes against long-standing ideas about the formation of Iceland and the North Atlantic, but the researchers say the theory explains both the geological features of the ocean floor and why the crust beneath Iceland is so much thicker than it should be.

If geological studies prove the new theory, this has implications for the ownership of resources found beneath the seafloor, which under international law belong to a country that can show its continental crust extends that far.

Source: Live Science

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