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Originally posted by Newbomb Turk
Originally posted by Vicky32
My grandfather did a landscape painting of the Pink and White Terraces just before the eruption! I always wished my Mum still had it...
So, it's good news that some have been found!
That's nice. Hey so Englishwoman in New Zealand NOT in the USA please note....what is that supposed to mean I wondering? K thanks
Originally posted by aorAki
My great granddad rode his horse across them.
reply to post by WestWood
Those are only the 'half of it' though.Aotearoa had the Pink ones as well.
edit on 4-2-2011 by aorAki because: (no reason given)
Between 1900 and 1904, the Waimangu Geyser (waimangu is MÄori for “black water”) near Rotorua, New Zealand would consistently erupt to heights of at least 150 meters, and sometimes reached the incredible height of 460 meters (1,500 feet)! It only existed for a relatively short period of time, but managed to attract a good number of tourists.
The geyser's life was brief and spectacular. Eruptions of muddy water and large rocks to heights of 150 metres were common, and there were occasional super-eruptions to the remarkable height of 460 metres. In comparison, the tallest currently-active geyser in the world (Steamboat geyser, in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming) erupts to maximum heights of 100 metres. The top of Aucklandâ€™s Sky Tower is about 330 metres above street level.
Not surprisingly, a tourist industry sprang up around Waimangu geyser. Accommodation for tourists, overlooking the geyser basin, was built in the summer of 1902â€“3. Throughout 1903, the geyser increased in activity, and increasing numbers of visitors flocked to see the spectacle. However, a tragic event occurred that year: four tourists ventured closer to get a better view, but were swept away and killed by a sudden eruption. The geyser began to wane in 1904, and by November of that year activity stopped as suddenly and inexplicably as it had started.
Source. For those who want to know more.
Shortly after midnight on the morning of 10 June 1886, a series of more than 30 increasingly strong earthquakes were felt in the Rotorua area and an unusual sheet lightning display was observed from the direction of Tarawera. At around 2:00 am a larger earthquake was felt and followed by the sound of an explosion. By 2:30 am Mount Tarawera's three peaks had erupted, blasting three distinct columns of smoke and ash thousands of metres into the sky. At around 3.30 am, the largest phase of the eruption commenced; vents at Rotomahana obliterated the Pink and White Terraces and produced a pyroclastic surge that destroyed several villages within a 6 kilometre radius.
The eruption was heard clearly as far away as Blenheim and the effects of the ash in the air were observed as far south as Christchurch, over 800 km south. In Auckland the sound of the eruption and the flashing sky was thought by some to be an attack by Russian warships.
The end result of the eruption was that the topography of this area was completely changed.
This area was world-famous for the Pink and White Terraces which were considered the eighth wonder of the world. Situated at the base of Mt. Tarawera people came from far and wide to view them. Over thousands of years the spray from a geyser had formed the terraces by leaving a silica coating over the surrounding area. It created a fan like staircase in beautiful shades of pink and white which covered about seven and a half acres, (3 hectares). The White Terraces, or Te Tarata, were a series of curved silica basins filled with turquoise blue water. The lowest basin was 800 feet long and the white terraces stood 100 feet high. The Pink Terraces rose more steeply, rather like a giant staircase, were as smooth as enamel and pink like coral. These were known by the Maori as Otukapuarangi, or 'Cloud in the Heavens'.
Tourists would bathe in the warm waters of both terraces with the White Terraces offering a greater variety of temperatures while the Pink Terraces contained water that was softer and silkier.
Remains of Pink Terraces Found
Scientists say they have found remains of the Pink Terraces at the bottom of Lake Rotomahana.
The discovery was made during a joint New Zealand and American project to map the lake floor and investigate the geothermal system.
Side-scan sonar and bathymetric data collected by two underwater vehicles show crescent-shaped terraced structures in about 60m of water where the terraces were located prior to 1886, scientists revealed at a media conference this morning. Underwater photos showed terrace edges and lake floor sediments.
The world-famous Pink and White Terraces were destroyed and vanished in the eruption of Mt Tarawera in June 1886. Project leader Cornel de Ronde of GNS Science said scientists found no sign of the larger White Terraces in the part of the lake where they were located prior to 1886.