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Scientists have discovered a new continent emerging in the Indian ocean

French and Australian geologists have studied the composition of the rock Islands in the southern Indian ocean, and found that here is the formation of "embryonic continent." The study is published in the journal Terra Nova.

It is believed that the continental crust is built up on the borders of continents and oceans, in the so-called subduction zones, where oceanic lithospheric plates plunge into the mantle under the continent. When they are melted and mixed with the material of the base of the continental plates, granite is formed when magma rises and forms the upper, the "granite" layer of the continents.