In the 1800s, New Zealand’s Pink and White terraces were one of the country’s biggest attractions, with many referring to the site as the eighth natural wonder of the world.
A catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886 ruined the terraces, leaving many people thinking the cascading landforms were gone forever.
But researchers now believe they have pinpointed the location of the terraces 15 metres below the shore and are calling on archaeologists to perform a full survey to recover the famous feature.
The Pink and White terraces were cascading pools that descended into Lake Rotomahana, on New Zealand’s North Island.
The eruption in 1886 buried the terraces under mounds of mud and ash, but two researchers believe they may have found them once again.
Speaking to The Guardian, Rex Bunn, one of researchers, said: ‘They [the terraces] 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.
‘But they were never surveyed by the government of the time, so there was no record of their latitude or longitude.’
While previous studies have suggested that the terraces have been relegated to the bottom of Lake Rotomahana, Mr Bunn, together with Dr Sascha Nolden from the National Library of New Zealand, believes this may not be the case.
Source: Daily Mail