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Plate tectonics

Calling card of a ghost continent

Where continents break apart, new ocean basins are formed. The discovery of ancient continental minerals on a young, volcanic island suggests that parts of the Indian Ocean floor may be underlain by fragments of a long-lost continent.

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Figure 1: Mauritius and the Indian Ocean.


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Mac Niocaill, C. Calling card of a ghost continent. Nature Geosci 6, 165–166 (2013).

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