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Indian Ocean hiding ancient continent, study suggests

Indian Ocean hiding ancient continent, study suggests
25 Feb 2013

Scientists have claimed that fragments of an ancient continent called Mauritia are hidden under the Indian Ocean. 

Norwegian researchers found evidence of the ancient land mass on the sun-kissed beaches of Mauritius.

'At the moment the Seychelles is a piece of granite, or continental crust, which is sitting practically in the middle of the Indian Ocean,' explained Professor Trond Torsvik, who led the study.

'But once upon a time, it was sitting north of Madagascar. And what we are saying is that maybe this was much bigger, and there are many of these continental fragments that are spread around in the ocean.'

Professor Torsvik added that a country could claim the continent for itself. This would then give them ownership of 200 nautical miles of ocean around it.

The world that travellers explore today would have looked very different millions of years ago.

Mauritia was located between India and Madagascar, which were joined together, while Australia was fused with Antarctica and the Americas were attached to Scandinavia and Africa.

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