Scientists Have Discovered A Lost Continent At The Bottom Of The Indian Ocean

And they're calling it 'Mauritia.'

We're still discovering new stars, galaxies, and even planets in space, but it turns out there are lots of mysteries still to uncover right here on earth, too.

A new discovery underneath the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean has revealed a hidden continent that has been lost for over 200 million years, according to CNN.

The continent, handily titled "Mauritia," was uncovered by a South Africa University research team who concluded that rocks found on Mauritius were far too old to have originated from the island.

The team were analysing zircon, a mineral found in rocks formed during volcanic eruptions.

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Lewis Ashwal, lead author of the paper which was published in Nature Communications, explained:

"Mauritius is an island, and there is no rock older than 9 million years old on the island. However, by studying the rocks on the island, we have found zircons that are as old as 3 billion years."

As such, the researchers claim that this points to "the existence of ancient continental crust beneath Mauritius." 

The lost continent was believed to have been formed when super-continent Gondwanaland split, also creating Australia, Africa, South America, Antartica, and India.

Of course, this continent is likely to be lost forever, but it's still pretty cool knowing it exists.


This article originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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