'8th World Wonder' May Lie Below Volcanic Lakeshore
Using a 19th century cartographer's field diary, researchers think they've found the location of a revered landmark thought to be destroyed.
Can a handwritten journal from a mid-19th century explorer reveal the location of a lost world wonder? Researchers in New Zealand think so.
In a study recently published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, researchers Rex Bunn and Sascha Nolden claim they have found the location of the country's famed pink and white terraces, which some had once considered to be the "eighth wonder of the world."
The terraces, a large, bright white and pink set of cascading rocks, were once considered the largest deposit of silica sinter, a type of quartz.
When Mount Tarawera erupted on June 10, 1886, volcanic ash spewed into Lake Rotomaha, temporarily filling in the lake and covering the terraces in a tomb