THIS SITE COVERS MY RESEARCH ON
THE PINK AND WHITE TERRACES AND SURROUNDING LAKES AREAS
The purpose of this site is to encourage input from others for my forth coming
book on the subject
Page one of six
The Right Hand black and white Photo above was taken in march 1860 26 years before the eruption. It was 100 metres to the left of the central volcanic rift. This hill disappeared for a brief spell in the second stage of the eruption.
The rift goes from north east to the south west through The Lake.
Both photographers used the same location also the same height above sea level facing south west.
The new crater formed when pyro clastic flows smothered the area and a newly formed crater blasted a new vent. This vent is now the deepest portion of the lake.
The bottom of lake Rotomahana at this point is now 220 metres above sea level.
The lake is now 120 metres deep at this point due to remaining obstructions. The outline of the rise in the black and white photo can still be found with lead load line and flat panel soundings.
POINTS OF INTEREST.
Top left is Rotomahana Hill.
Top right is Hapetoaroa Hill with Oruakorako Hill in foremost and bottom.
Left Middle is Te puia Island. Pukarea Island is half hidden in the black and white photo. Thermal activity lower right side is evident in both photos.
The vapours on the right come from kionga.
Both the above photos come from the same level as the existing lake level. (340. Metres above sea level.)
I took the colour photographs in February 2007.
The black and white piece Bruno Hamil photographed in 1859.
Two different teams investigated the wellbeing of both Terraces a short time after the eruption. These teams were the last individuals to view the Terraces before they became buried with Rotomahana mud.
By the time, Percy Smith carried out his assessment the Terraces were not to be seen. They had already been covered.
I believe that Percy Smith first sited the continuous emission he wrongly assumed the terraces destroyed, not just covered.
The Phreatic explosion at Rotomahana Lake continued for several weeks after the Tarawera 4 hour violent eruption from the Wahanga, Ruawai, Tarawera section of the rift.
This formed the difference in thickness of the rift.
The terraces were in the marsh and Lake district and were well and truly covered by the phreatic phase of the eruption before the formal team carried out their opinion.
It is unfortunate that the earlier reports were ignored as History took a walk in the wrong direction.
Stephenson Percy Smith failed to consider the importance of the“Pink and White Terraces.”carefully.
He did not describe the situation well in his official report. His report stated. “The terraces are destroyed.” This and other factors led to the terraces remaining hidden till this day.