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Scientists find fragments of ancient continent buried under Indian Ocean

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | February 25, 2013

Scientists find fragments of ancient continent buried under Indian Ocean

Mauritia had been hidden under large masses of lava

An international team of geoscientists has discovered a lost continent buried under the Indian Ocean. Their findings suggest that the popular tourist destinations of Reunion and Mauritius are hiding a micro-continent that’s been covered by volcanic rocks for millions of years.

A fragment of the lost continent, known as Mauritia, disconnected and disappeared approximately 60 million years ago while Madagascar and India drifted apart. The study’s findings, which were published in the journal Nature Geosciences, suggest that such micro-continents occur more frequently than previously thought.

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