Local celebs Nomazamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane have been indulging in the white sands and blue waters of Mauritius.
Potassium-argon dates indicate that the main shield volcano was built subaerially between about 7.8 and 6.8 m.y. Some evidence is presented for caldera formation following the construction of the volcanic shield.
The good news is, it's at last been found, lying below the waters of the Indian Ocean, beneath the tiny, 790 sq. The moon is dotted by many such "mascons" — or mass concentrations — the remains of heavy metal meteorites that long ago crashed onto the surface and buried themselves where they hit.
The Earth has a few too, but it is typically plate tectonics — the constant movement and reformation of the crust — that is responsible.
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