Lost Continent Found Under Mauritius in the Indian Ocean



A research team led by the South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand has found pieces of an ancient continent found hiding underneath a tropical holiday destination in the Republic of Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean about 550 miles off of Madagascar, reported cntraveler.com.

“The piece of crust is left over from the breakup of Gondwanaland, a super continent that existed more than 200 million years ago,” according to Professor Lewis Ashwal, a geologist at the University of Witwatersrand, according to nytimes.com.

Containing rocks up to 3.6 billion years old, Gondwanaland split into what now are Africa, South America, Antarctica, India, and Australia. The team made the discovery by analyzing a mineral-zircon found in rocks spewed up by lava during volcanic eruptions, reported cnn.com.

Dr. Ashwal published his studies on January 31, 2017, in the journal Nature Communications. “It might be better to refer to Mauritia as a continental fragment or microcontinent rather than as a “lost continent,” stated Dr. Ashwal, reported nytimes.com.

The Republic of Mauritius is nine million years old while the lost continent is 22 times amount of years. “Mauritia is not something people can see, visit or live on because it’s buried beneath millions of years’ worth of volcanic material,” stated nytimes.com.