Scientists have reconfirmed that remnants of the world famous Pink and White Terraces lie at the bottom of Lake Rotomahana.
In an article published this week in the Journal of The Royal Society of New Zealand, the scientists said they stand by research they conducted five years ago that came to a similar conclusion.
The re-examination was prompted by claims that the Terraces weren’t buried at the bottom of the lake, but on its edge.
WHAT WHERE THE PINK AND WHITE TERRACES?
Before Mt Tarawera erupted in the early hours of June 10th, 1886, the Pink and White Terraces on the shores of Lake Rotomahana were considered to be the eighth wonder of the world.
The terraces had formed over approximately 500 years, as silica rich water flowed down the hillside from boiling geysers. The water cooled and crystallised into the terraces and pools, forming giant staircases or waterfalls.
The White Terrace was the larger formation, covering 3 hectares and descending 30 metres. The Pink Terrace was where people went to bathe on the lower levels because the temperature of the water was lukewarm.
When Mount Tarawera erupted on June 10th, 1886, Lake Rotomahana also erupted, destroying the terraces and several other smaller villages. Photographs and paintings were all that was thought to have remained of these beautiful natural wonders.