Amid the ongoing push for a political union between Canada and Australia, new evidence reveals that the two countries are linked to each other in ways beyond just international affairs. Researchers found that they were actually once physically connected together as a single landmass, sharing the the same land, air, water and wildlife.
A collection of rocks were discovered in the northeast regions of Australia that exhibit characteristics unlike any others in the country. The study, which was published in the journal Geology, notes that the rocks are highly similar to those found in the Canadian Shield, an exposed part of the continental crust in Canada.
Adam Nordsvan, the lead researcher for the Geological Survey of Queensland, explains that Georgetown, the area containing the rocks, was a part of North America around 1.7 billion years ago. It was only 100 million years later that it Georgetown broke off of the northern continent and collided with Australia.
“This was a critical part of global continental reorganization when almost all continents on Earth assembled to form the supercontinent called Nuna,” added Nordsvan. Nuna, which existed 2.5 billion years ago, was a landmass that preceded the more well-known supercontinent Pangea.
In essence, Australia “stole” a big chunk of Canadian land and nobody knew about it until now. Since the two countries are already linked by land, it makes even more sense for them to join together in a poltical union - or better - a single country.
It’ll probably never happen, but we can still dream. Read the full study in Geology here.