Like an Indiana Jones adventure, Scientists have claimed that they rediscovered the location of the lost “Eight Wonder of the World” in New Zealand. In earlier times, the silica terraces on Lake Rotomahana drew thousands of tourists to New Zealand’s North Island. It was destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886 but now the researchers might have finally rediscovered it under layers of ash and mud.
Source: Mother Nature Network
Pink and White Terraces
The terraces were formed by geothermal springs (hot springs and geysers). In 2011, a team including researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Waikato University, GNS Science and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory had discovered a part of the Pink Terraces. However, in 2016, their whole work was published in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, they drew back from earlier claims and reported the terraces were likely destroyed.
Rex Bunn and Dr. Sascha Nolden
Now, two researchers said that they have pinpointed the location where the terraces may lie preserved 10-15 meters (32-49ft) below the surface.
According to The Guardian, Rex Bunn, one of the researchers told that “They became the greatest tourist attraction in the southern hemisphere and the British empire, and shiploads of tourists made the dangerous visit down from the UK, Europe, and America to see them.”
Bunn further added: “But they were never surveyed by the government of the time, so there was no record of their latitude or longitude.”
Source: National Post
Both the researchers have used the field diaries of the German-Austrian geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter. Interestingly, these diaries contain a full-fledged description of the terraces location before the eruption of 1886.
Discussing the research, Bunn said: “Our research relied on the only survey ever made of that part of New Zealand and therefore we are confident the cartography is sound. Hochstetter was a very competent cartographer.”