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Mauritius: Fire & Earth

Mauritius: Fire & Earth

How Mauritius Formed

Mauritius is a volcanic island. Most very large islands, like Madagascar or even Long Island, are continental islands. These are created by water rising and separating them from the main land, or by shifts in the earth’s surface that pull them away. Volcanic islands like Mauritius form as a result of volcanic activity instead.

Mauritius formed between seven to ten million years ago by an underwater volcano. The same volcano created nearby Réunion Island. Réunion Island formed in the last 2 million years.

Mauritius hasn’t had an active volcano in more than 100,000 years, but Réunion is home to one of the world’s most active volcanos.

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