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PostSubject: Scientists discover traces of lost mini-continent in the Indian Ocean   Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:07 pm

Scientists said Sunday they had found traces of a micro-continent hidden underneath the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

The slab, dubbed Mauritia, was probably formed around 61-83 million years ago after Madagascar split from India, but eventually broke up and became smothered by thick lava deposits, they said.

In a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists analysed beach sand on Mauritius that contained ancient zircons between 660 million and about two billion years old.

more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/24/scientists-discover-traces-of-lost-mini-continent-in-the-indian-ocean/
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