Eighth Natural Wonder Rediscovered!
June 16, 2017
The eighth natural wonder of the world may have been rediscovered, 131 years after it was buried by a volcanic eruption, according to New Zealand researchers.
THE NATURAL WONDER
The pink and white terraces of Lake Rotomahana, on New Zealand’s North Island, were a major tourist attraction in the 1800s and people travelled from far and wide to see them. It was thought they had been destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1886 and as they were never surveyed by the government of the time, there was no record of their latitude or longitude.
Two researchers think they have pinpointed the location where the terraces may lie preserved 10-15 metres (32-49ft) below the surface, under layers of mud and ash, and said a full archaeological survey was needed to excavate the site. They used the field diaries of the German-Austrian geologist Ferdinand von Hochstetter, which contain a detailed description of the terraces’ location before the 1886 eruption, to establish their likely resting place.
Since the pair’s research paper was published this month in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Researcher Bunn said he had received daily offers of help to conduct a survey and was in the process of assembling a team of the willing to begin exploring the site, once the first funding goal of NZ$70,000 (£40,000) was met. Bunn said he believed the terraces may be in reasonable condition, potentially with minimal damage, and could be restored to their former glory once excavated.