There may be other fragments of ‘super-continent’ Gondwana scattered around under the sea, say researchers.
Scientists have found a “lost continent” under the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The tropical island nation was formed from lava spewed by volcanoes over a period of about 9 million years. But researchers recently identified a mineral that was several billion years old in rocks found on the popular tourist destination.
Further investigation by a team of geologists led by South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand, concluded the island was actually sitting on top of an undiscovered fragment of the 200-million-year-old “super-continent” Gondwana, which split to form Africa, South America, Antarctica, India and Australia about 180 million years ago.
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