Scientists discover a lost continent beneath the Indian ocean, name it Mauritia

Scientists have confirmed the existence of a continent that is now “lost” below the surface of the Earth. The newly discovered continent has been named as Mauritia, after the Indian Islands of Mauritius, which is a fragment of the lost continent.

There were two crucial pieces of evidence that pointed to the discovery: Pieces of ancient zircon crystals that were billions of years old and found in the sands of Madagascar, as well as an unusually thick crust around Madagascar, which is more than 30 kilometers thick.

Because of the unusually thick crust, there is an increased attraction due to gravity seen in Madagascar, which is a gravitational anomaly. The ocean has relatively younger rocks, with the continuous formation of new rocks. Continents have older rocks, some over four billion years old. Typically the rocks on Mauritius are around 9 million years old, but there were some zircon crystals found that were over 3 billion years old. The discovery proves that there is a much older landmass compressed beneath Mauritius, according to a report in Phys.org.

The ancient continent of Mauritia was sandwiched between India and Madagascar. Around 145 million years ago, in the early Cretaceous period, Mauritia was fragmented by various volcanic and tectonic events. When India split away from Madagascar, the buffer zone in between, Mauritia was pulled into ribbons. The fractured and fragmented continent was then covered with layers of lava from volcanic eruptions.

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