Researchers from Wits University’s School of Geosciences, the the German Research Centre for Geosciences and the University of Olso have found a small piece of a “lost continent” burried underneath the lava on Mauritius.
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Mauritius is an island, and there is no rock older than 9 million years old on the island. However, by studying the rocks on the island, we have found zircons that are as old as 3 billion years.
The continent was likely part of the gigantic supercontinent Gondwana, which broke up to become Antarctica, Africa, Australia and South America.
The study said there are likely many pieces of various sizes of “undiscovered continent, collectively called Mauritia,” spread over the Indian Ocean.