A lost continent has been discovered by scientists under the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. A team of different geologists headed by University of Witwatersrand concluded that the island sits atop Gondwana, an unearthed part of a 200-million-year-old super continent that fragmented into South America, Africa, India, Antarctica and Australia almost 180 million years back.
A paper published by the team in the Nature Communications journal stated that a particular mineral on the rocks in Mauritius was also discovered, which is likely more than a couple of billion years old. It has been hidden by lava and the piece of crust is expected to be a minuscule section which was separated from the island of Madagascar.
Professor Lewis Ashwal, the study’s lead author said, “On the continents you find rocks that are over four billion years old, but you find nothing like that in the oceans, as this is where new rocks are formed.”
“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,” adds Ashwal.
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