Researchers Have Found A “Lost Continent” Burried Underneath The Lava On Mauritius

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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.

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The study said there are likely many pieces of various sizes of “undiscovered continent, collectively called Mauritia,” spread over the Indian Ocean.

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