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.