Mauritius, the island on an underwater continent

3D image of bluish-green water showing piece of brown underwater continent on which lies a small island with its base arising from the continental mass and green trees and buildings atop the island; black birds fly in the distance.

In 2017, a team of scientists led by Ashwal published a paper in Nature Communications suggesting the presence of an ancient continent beneath Mauritius [1]. In fact, his discovery led to the conclusion that a part of the ancient continent, Gondwana (more accurately, a Read More

Formation of a volcanic island: Mauritius

Small grey and rugged volcano in the ocean spewing out grey clouds of volcanic materials.

The island of Mauritius was formed approximately 10 million years ago by volcanic eruption. In fact, the island itself is a volcano. The highest point, 550 m – 600 m above sea level, is the central plateau; from there on, the land gently slopes Read More

What lies on the seafloor around Mauritius?

Red starfish on sandy beach, Mauritius.

Mauritius is located in the South West Indian Ocean Basin. The Indian Ocean itself started to expand during the splitting of Gondwana some 140 million years ago but was fully formed and filled to what it is now some 36 million years ago. It Read More