31 Jan '17, 9pm

Lost continent discovered under the African island of Mauritius

Lost continent discovered under the African island of Mauritius

An entire continent, now submerged beneath the Indian Ocean, has been discovered by geologists studying rocks on the African island of Mauritius. There, traces of the ancient continent have shown up in crystals that date to a time before when the supercontinent Gondwana was breaking up some 200 million years ago, reports Phys.org . "We are studying the break-up process of the continents in order to understand the geological history of the planet," explained geologist Lewis Ashwal, lead author on the paper, about how they stumbled on the ancient continent. The age-old crystals are made of zircon, an incredibly resilient mineral capable of surviving geological processes and one that's typically found in continental granites. Because of that resiliency, zircons make the perfect substance for studying ancient continents, but researchers didn't expect to find zircons this old o...

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