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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:37 AM

Fragments of ancient continent buried under Indian Ocean

Source: BBC News



Fragments of an ancient continent are buried beneath the floor of the Indian Ocean, a study suggests.

Researchers have found evidence for a landmass that would have existed between 2,000 and 85 million years ago.

The strip of land, which scientists have called Mauritia, eventually fragmented and vanished beneath the waves as the modern world started to take shape.

The study is published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21551149



Only just published. If not considered to be LBN then please advise.

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Reply Fragments of ancient continent buried under Indian Ocean (Original post)
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 OP
Ian David Feb 2013 #1
Xithras Feb 2013 #6
Berlum Feb 2013 #2
darkangel218 Feb 2013 #3
Orrex Feb 2013 #4
AardvarkAsparagus Feb 2013 #5

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:42 AM

1. That's kind of a misleading and confusing headline. n/t

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Response to Ian David (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:05 PM

6. It's also a misleading and confusing claim.

Mauritius sits on the Mascarene Plateau, which stretches from Mauritius to the Seychelles. As far as I can tell, this new "microcontinent of Mauritius" IS the Mascarene Plateau.

The thing is, geologists have known that the Mascarene Plateau is a continental fragment for a very long time. It's also overlaid with a basalt layer that has been matched to the Deccan Traps, so it's also not news that it was once connected to India directly. While nobody has called it a "microcontinent" before, that's really just a change in terminology...all of the "discoveries" cited in the article have been known for decades.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:54 AM

2. Lemuria, obviously. Chalk up another score for the Mayans

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Response to Berlum (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:16 AM

3. Only if..

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:57 AM

4. In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.

Wrong ocean, maybe, but who's counting?

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:32 AM

5. So that's where

So that's where Atlantis went to. Thought I lost it somewhere.

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