The tiny island of Mauritius is an incredible place. Home of the world famous Tamarin Bay (a wave that Surfing Magazine named one of the “25 Best Waves in the World”), Mauritius sits serenely in the Indian Ocean. Measuring in at just under 800 square miles, it truly is an island paradise, located just to the northeast of Reunion Island. As it turns out, it has held a secret under its dress for a long, long time: it’s been sitting on top an entire lost continent.
Researchers have been studying Mauritius for years because of a very interesting thing. Its gravitational pull is stronger than that of the surrounding areas, which in itself isn’t all that strange. Depending on the density and material of the earth’s crust in any given place, the gravitational pull will vary. Mauritius, though, has a gravitational pull that’s oddly strong. That lead a geologist from South Africa to do something only a geologist would do–on a one-day layover en route to India, Lewis Ashwal and his colleagues decided to go look at rocks. “We’re not the kind of people who are going to waste a day reading a book and getting a sunburn,” Ashwal told the CBC. “Swimming — who cares? I’ve done enough of that.”