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June 21, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

After 130 years, scientists may have finally located a lost “eighth wonder of the world” not that far from Australia – bringing hope it may be finally brought back in some form to delight tourists.

The lost wonder is a stunning geogological formation. The spectacular pink and white terraces of Lake Rotomahana were a major tourist attraction in New Zealand until 1886. In that year they were obliterated by a huge volcanic eruption that killed 120 people and buried the terraces under many metres of ash and mud.

While New Zealanders considered the terraces lost for all time, geologists have now found traces of them hidden at the bottom of the lake, bringing hope they may be excavated. The research has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

In their heyday, the terraces on the north-east end of the lake amazed beholders. One terrace was a shimmering white hue, while the other, adorning another shore nearby, glowed a light but vivid shade of pink. The pinkness was due to an unknown chemical impurity, possibly colonies of a pink-pigmented bacteria.

 

The terraces were spectacular and were painted by artists. There are even some photos, photography being well established by 1886 – but black and white photos lack the vibrant colour of the original.

Scientist Rex Bunn told Britain’s Guardian he has developed an algorithm that’s pinpointed the location of the pink and white terraces with a margin of error of plus or minus 35 metres.

The local Tuhourangi tribal authority is now considering whether to order the terraces excavated in order to find what’s there and if some part of the original can somehow be restored.

Written by Peter Needham

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