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Scientists Just Discovered a Lost Continent, Now Geography Lessons Have to be Revised

Geography lessons have to be revised.

We may just have to redraw our world map. You see, scientists have discovered a new continent that has been lying hidden under Mauritius, an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, for more than two centuries. The newly-discovered continent is called “Mauritia.”

The long-lost continent was accidentally discovered by a group of researchers from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa who were originally investigating zircon, a mineral commonly found in Earth’s crust. The team found zircon in the rocks formed from a volcanic eruption in Mauritius but they soon realized that the rocks were too old to have been formed in the said island.

At present, Mauritia lies underneath Mauritius and is covered in lava.

Source: Wikimapia

Lewis Ashwal, a geologist who studies zircon, said:

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.

Knowledge of the ages of the rocks in the area prompted the researchers to think outside the box, leading them to formulate the theory that there must be a land mass underneath that spewed the billion-years-old rock.

Further research revealed that the land mass, now called Mauritia, was formed 200 million years ago during the Triassic period. That was the time when the supercontinent Gondwanaland was believed to have broken apart into the continents that we know today: Africa, South America, Australia, and Antarctica. Interestingly, these continents have rocks that are as old as 3.6 billion years.

Gondwanaland broke off into smaller land masses during the Triassic period.

The ancient continent was believed to have split from Madagascar.

Ashwal, on the creation of Mauritia, commented that:

This break-up did not involve a simple splitting of the ancient super-continent of Gondwana, but rather, a complex splintering took place with fragments of continental crust of variable sizes left adrift within the evolving Indian Ocean basin.

The long lost continent of Mauritia lies underneath Mauritius.

Interesting, huh? Guess we’ll need to update those geography books soon.

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36 Comments

  1. Randy Hicarte Niebres

    February 7, 2017 at 4:58 AM

    Is this real?

  2. Balqis Omar

    February 7, 2017 at 4:13 AM

    Bariah Omar

  3. Articia Gigante

    February 7, 2017 at 3:08 AM

    David Vazquez Jr.

  4. Bryan Kung

    February 7, 2017 at 2:08 AM

    Mean Shan

  5. Alex Masuskapoe

    February 7, 2017 at 1:14 AM

    really all those satellites in the sky and they are just finally discovering this place yeah right

  6. Grace Vaituutuu

    February 6, 2017 at 11:03 PM

    Kelly Lai Cheong

  7. Vang'z Dapitilla

    February 6, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    May nakatirA na kaya dyan?

  8. Rodelio Rosadio

    February 6, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    atlantic??

  9. Tracy Leshe Silva

    February 6, 2017 at 8:02 AM

    Logan Silva

  10. Shane O'Hara

    February 6, 2017 at 3:27 AM

    China owns that area…

  11. Angel Ocreto Babera

    February 5, 2017 at 11:44 PM

    Sir Gilbert.. Paexplain po ito.. Is this legit???

  12. Horacio Batag

    February 5, 2017 at 7:49 PM

    SV Delos already been there.

  13. Tess Owen

    February 5, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Feel bad for every animal living there. They about to be killed from habitat loss

  14. Derybelle Coraza-Costales

    February 5, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    This is Matanooi, where Moana lives.

  15. Ocirodoetski Zerreitug

    February 5, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    China will claim it!

  16. Aman Uppal

    February 5, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    We’re moving there before it’s over populated with idiots! Tharika Rebekah ❤

  17. Laurence John Simora Paragados

    February 5, 2017 at 12:23 PM

    Roland John Cyril Flores-Emague,
    SIIIIIIIIRRR.

  18. Antonello Babbo

    February 5, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Where’s flight 370….can’t be that difficult can it?

  19. Cris San

    February 5, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    One piece island

  20. Andy Martínez

    February 5, 2017 at 7:00 AM

    Isn’t this the island where they found Luke Skywalker?

  21. Jun Jun

    February 5, 2017 at 6:51 AM

    Its mauritius of east africa.i wish to go there.

  22. Karen Reineke

    February 5, 2017 at 5:41 AM

    Bridgid Wickham

  23. Goutham Jabez GJ

    February 5, 2017 at 5:39 AM

    read about a lost continent “Kumari Kaandam”
    which connects india – Africa and Australia

  24. Emilia Lopera

    February 5, 2017 at 5:16 AM

    Ambot kanimo..

  25. Tonya Cureton

    February 5, 2017 at 5:10 AM

    Christine Allen

  26. Nathan Ancheta

    February 5, 2017 at 2:19 AM

    It’s like the island from “Moana”

  27. John Rainier Ortiz

    February 5, 2017 at 1:08 AM

    8million years old? 3 billion years old??? How do this scientists calculate the time just by looking at those samples? Please explain…….

  28. Karen Reineke

    March 13, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Bridgid Wickham

  29. Linda Taglieri

    February 5, 2017 at 12:33 AM

    Exmouth Plateau is another such crustal fragment.

  30. Tonya Cureton

    March 13, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Christine Allen

  31. Charlie Paningajak

    February 4, 2017 at 11:55 PM

    It’s more like hammered shark’s island lol

  32. David Frost

    February 4, 2017 at 11:44 PM

    Who says it’s lost.Haven’t you heard of or seen that new islands are constantly being created.

  33. Jocelyn Abapo

    February 4, 2017 at 10:37 PM

    Arnaud Vander Velpen

  34. Jocelyn Abapo

    February 4, 2017 at 10:36 PM

    Daniel Singzon

  35. Jocelyn Abapo

    March 13, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Arnaud Vander Velpen

  36. Jocelyn Abapo

    March 13, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Daniel Singzon

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