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                                                                    By                                         Rory Sullivan, CNN                                     |                                                                                                     Posted – Mar. 50, Payeer at 9: pm                                                             

CNN – Geologists in Canada have found that an ancient continent was 23% larger than previously estimated after analyzing rock samples dug up during diamond exploration work.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) made the chance discovery while studying diamond samples from Baffin Island, the largest island in Canada.

They identified a new part of an ancient fragment of the earth’s crust known as the North Atlantic Craton, which ran from Scotland to North America and broke up million years ago.

The scientists said the samples they analyzed had a “mineral signature” displayed in other parts of this particular craton, a large block of the earth’s crust that forms t he nucleus of a continent.

Maya Kopylova, a geologist at UBC and the lead author of the research, said in a statement: ” The mineral composition of other portions of the North Atlantic craton is so unique there was no mistaking it. “

She added that ancient ancient cratons in Northern Canada showed different mineralogies and that her team’s discovery was “like finding a missing piece of a puzzle.”

The samples of kimberlite , an igneous rock which sometimes contains diamonds, came from deep beneath Chidliak Kimberlite Province in southern Baffin Island.

While previous estimates of the size and locations of the earth’s plates were based on relatively shallow samples taken from up to km below ground, this study examined rocks extracted from a depth of (km.

The findings are publishe d in the Journal of Petrology.

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