The research done by some geoscientists from South Africa, Britain, Norway and Germany says that the sand grains from the beach of Mauritius contain semi-precious zircons, aged between 660 and 1970 million years. Dr Bernhard Steinberger of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences said: “…It shows the position of the plates relative to the two hotspots at the time of the rupture, which points towards a causal relation.”
He also said: “On the other hand, we were able to show that the continent fragments continued to wander almost exactly over the Reunion plume, which explains how they were covered by volcanic rock.” Researchers said it, therefore, appears that such micro-continents in the ocean occur more frequently than previously thought, Financial Express reported.
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