Wreck of the ancient supercontinent found in Indian Ocean

November 14, 2011 13:00

Two sunken islands that were part of Gondwana, were found to the west of the Australian city of Penta on Abyssal Plain Indian Ocean.  Picture: PerthNow

Two sunken islands that were part of Gondwana, were found to the west of the Australian city of Penta on Abyssal Plain Indian Ocean. Picture: PerthNow

Two sunken islands that were part of Gondwana, were found to the west of the Australian city of Penta on Abyssal Plain Indian Ocean. Study for three weeks a group of scientists from the Sydney, Tasmanian universities and Macquarie University, led by Dr. Simon Williams.

 As reported at the University of Sydney, two islands with a flat surface were found at a depth of a mile. Once stood above sea level, the islands were in size such as modern Tasmania.

Make an analysis of the soil at this depth was not an easy task, but the geologists managed to collect hundreds of pounds of prototypes. Study leader Dr Simon Williams said scientists had expected to see common oceanic rocks, but found the continental granite, gneiss and sandstone containing fossils of land creatures.

The collected data suggest that in the Cretaceous period the islands were discovered connection between Australia and India. In the end, the part of the land broke away from the mainland, continued to move and as a result stopped in the middle of the ocean thousands of miles away from the Australian and Indian coasts.

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