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Mauritia, an Ancient Lost — and Now Found — Continent Hidden Under Lava

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.


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.
Location of possible continental fragments.

Source:Nature Communication

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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Mauthausen Stairs: A Brutal Reminder Of The Hitler’s Reich

Located not so far away from Linz was a concentration camp that housed prisoners of war, and on its steps died many innocent prisoners.

Faye Marcos Jimenea



Ever so often, there are stories about the holocaust that happened under Hitler's Reich. The brutality of it all, from small children to old men and women left a deep mark on everyone who have survived it and who has listened to the stories of the old. Concentration camps were camps in which prisoners of war were sent to, either to die by force labor or through gas chambers.

Many of you may not have heard about the "Mauthausen Stairs of Death" in the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The camp is located some 20 kilometers east of the city of Linz in upper Austria. The camp was one of the biggest concentration camps during the war, with a central camp in Mauthausen and many subcamps located throughout Austria and southern Germany.

A side by side picture the stairs of death at a time of the holocaust was and a time of peace.

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Angry Shark Attacks a Diver but Quick Action With a Spear Gun Saves His Life

This diver was viciously attacked by a shark. Fortunately, quick thinking saved his life!

Dondi Tiples



Never mess with an angry shark. Better yet, don’t go diving where sharks have been spotted. That’s no mean feat in the waters of Australia where sharks are practically everywhere. Fortunately, one diver’s fast reflexes saved his life when a shark went berserk and attacked him with great speed.

Danny Henricks is a spear fisherman from Australia. Instead of taking it easy on a boat and dozing off while waiting for a bite, he goes down to the depths with his spear gun after schools of tuna and other large fish.

Danny proudly displays one of his epic catches.

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10 Facts About the Holocaust That You Might Have Not Known About

The cruelty was absolutely horrible.




The Holocaust is one of the most heart-wrenching events in history. It was the brutal, state-sanctioned murder of millions of Jews by Nazis who believed that Germans were "racially superior" than Jews. Other minority groups that were deemed inferior to the Germans were also targeted during the Holocaust, including the gypsies and the disabled, while others were persecuted because of their political and socio-cultural beliefs.

In honor of the 11 million victims of the Holocaust, the world observes the International Day of Remembrance every year on January 27. Now, three scores and twelve years later, there are still a lot of people who remain unaware of the dreadful events that occurred back then.

Here is a compilation of ten facts about the Holocaust. Though some stories are tragic, some depict the courage and tenacity of those who fought and of those who survived.

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