Fragments of Ancient Continent Buried Under Indian Ocean

Posted: February 25, 2013  |  By: Rebecca Morelle [BBC News]

Land on Earth was once gathered together in a supercontinent known as Rodinia, shown here as it was during its break-up 750 million years ago. Now scientists believe they have found a fragment of it buried under the Indian Ocean.

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.

Supercontinent Until about 750 million years ago, the Earth's landmass was gathered into a vast single continent called Rodinia.

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