‘Lost continent’ found under Mauritius in the Indian Ocean

Scientists say they have uncovered evidence of an ancient “lost continent” in the Indian Ocean under the island of Mauritius, according to a new study.

A paper published in the journal Nature Communications this week, the piece of crust is left over from the breakup of Gondwanaland, a super-continent that existed more than 200 million years ago. Gondwana split up and became Africa, South America, Antarctica, Australia, and the Indian portion of Asia, as well as a number of smaller islands in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

The study was conducted by a team of geologists led by Lewis Ashwal from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mauritius, Known as a tropical holiday destination, Mauritius is a volcanic island, formed by the eruption of volcanoes starting at about nine million years ago.

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