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February 25 2013

'Lost continent' found off Africa


SCIENTISTS believe they've discovered the remains of a lost continent on the floor of the Indian Ocean off Africa.

The research team from Norway, South Africa, Germany and the UK identified the ancient “microcontinent” after analysing beach sands from the island of Mauritius.

They believe Mauritius was split from the larger island of Madagascar, 900 kilometres to the west, by volcanic eruptions between 61 and 84 million years ago. The beach sands were deposited by subsequent eruptions within the last nine million years.

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