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Rotomahana project

Lake Rotomahana

Lake Rotomahana. Lloyd Homer, GNS Science.

GNS science has been leading an exciting project to plumb the depths of Lake Rotomahana in the Waimangu Valley, Rotorua. The survey of the freshwater hydrothermal system is one of the most detailed ever undertaken. Lake Rotomahana is the site of the Pink and White Terraces that disappeared after the Tarawera Eruption in 1886.

For more background on the project go here or have a look at our videos describing the rediscovery of the Pink and the White Terraces

In March 2012 the science team are returning to the lake to find out more. Teachers can download a lesson plan to engage students with the latest investigations here.

Listen to an interview with Cornel from National Radio.
Dr Cornel de Ronde, leader of the Rotomahana Project is the 2010 winner of the Prime Minister's Science Communication Prize. He talked to Chris Laidlaw of National Radio about the prize and his work as a marine geologist. (8mins 40) Streaming, or download MP3.

Rotorua Museum has an in-depth display focussing on the Pink and White Terraces and the Tarawera Eruption.

GNS Science wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley with this project.