May 14, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Are the Pink & White Terraces still there? New Research aims to find out.

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(Source | Waatea News) Te Arawa Lakes Trust is backing a study of Lake Rotomahana that hopes to solve the mystery of the Pink and White Terraces.

Project leader Cornel De Ronde from GNS Science says the lake will be mapped in January using unmanned submersibles from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in the United States.

He says they will search for geothermal vents and for any remains of the famed silica terraces, destroyed when Mount Tarawera erupted of 1886.

Local iwi are interested too because it does just perhaps give a bit of closure as to exactly what did happen because there were a number of deaths in that explosion and also a strong interest from overseas. Theres not a lot of lakes in the world that have hydrothermal systems on the bottom and none of them to our knowledge went through this transition from sub-aerial to submarine, so theres a strong interest across the board really, Dr De Ronde says.

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