Forget Atlantis. Scientists have uncovered evidence of an ancient “lost continent” under the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, according to a new study.
The continent, which geologists call “Mauritia,” formed part of present-day Madagascar and India. The rest of the continent probably sank beneath the sea 84 million years ago.
“We are studying the break-up process of the continents, in order to understand the geological history of the planet,” said study lead author Lewis Ashwal of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
The continent was likely part of the gigantic supercontinent Gondwana, which broke up to become Antarctica, Africa, Australia and South America.
The clue to the discovery was finding an ancient mineral on Mauritius that shouldn’t have been there.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice