Professor Daniela Rubatto of the Research School of Earth Sciences at The Australian National University (ANU) said that, “Just like the Himalayas, this range was eroded intensely because it was so huge. As the sediments washed into the oceans they provided the perfect nutrients for life to flourish”.
Rubatto also said that, “Scientists have speculated that such a large mountain range must have been feeding the oceans because of the way life thrived and ocean chemistry changed at this time, and finally we have found it”.
Co-researcher Professor Jorge Hermann said that, “Although the mountains have long since washed away, rocks from their roots told the story of the ancient mountain range’s grandeur”.
Hermann also said that, “The range was formed by two continents colliding. During this collision, rocks from the crust were pushed around 100 kilometres deep into the mantle, where the high temperatures and pressures formed new minerals”.