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It might sound implausible, but deep at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, a research team, led by South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand, has found pieces of an ancient continent.
The lava-covered piece of continent, dubbed 'Mauritia,' was found under the popular island of Mauritius....
...the piece of crust is left over from the breakup of Gondwanaland, a super-continent that existed more than 200 million years ago.
Containing rocks up to 3.6 billion years old, Gondawanaland split into what now are Africa, South America, Antarctica, India and Australia.
Professor Lewis Ashwal, lead author of the paper, says there are a number of pieces of "undiscovered continent" of various sizes spread over the Indian Ocean, left over by the breakup.
They said that remnants of the mineral were way too old to belong to Mauritius. "Mauritius is an island, and there is no rock older than 9 million years old on the island," says Ashwal. But by studying rocks on the island, they found zircons that were 3 billion years old.
The landmass has been uncovered by researchers at the Witwatersrand University, in South Africa, who examined crystals freshly expelled from a volcanic eruption on Mauritius.
Famed as an idyllic getaway location, the island in the Indian Ocean is thought to have formed part of the ancient micro-continent Mauritia, which was created when India and Madagascar broke away from each other.
Mauritia is thought to have been part of the Gondwana supercontinent - which later became Africa, India, Australia and Antartica.