After 130 years, scientists rediscovered the eighth wonder of the world – the lost pink and white terraces buried for hundreds of years under the ground
Buried for more than a century by a volcanic eruption, New Zealand’s pink and white terraces were finally rediscovered under ashes and dirt.
Considered for a long time a natural wonder and the largest silicon deposit on Earth, scientists were afraid that these impressive terraces were destroyed by Mount Tarawera’s volcanic eruption from 1886.
But the researchers claim they have managed to locate the place where they were buried and suspect the eighth wonder of the world has been very well preserved by the Mother Nature itself.
When they could still be seen, New Zealand’s pink terraces were considered to be the largest silicon deposit on the planet.
The structure covered in slag forms when a mineral spring or a geyser deposits enough sediment to form this beautiful oasis.
Researchers believe the natural pink color is generated by the presence of large colonies of pigmented bacteria, Science Alert notes.
But the search does not end here because the volcanic eruption had an enormous impact on the landscape.
The eruption not only buried the eighth wonder of the world but caused a severe change in the landscape so the original location of the terraces has changed.
To facilitate the rediscovery, scientists want to map out the former Lake (Rotomahana Lake), which will allow them to locate the area where terraces may now be.
As a result of a long research process, scientists say they have developed an algorithm that allows them to identify the location of the pink and white terraces with a plus-minus 35-meter error margin.