Photo: Getty Images/Robert Harding World Imagery. Scientists may have “re-discovered” the 8th wonder of the world in New Zealand, some 131 years after it was buried by the ferocious eruption of a nearby volcano, a new study suggests.
Officially, there were seven wonders of the world, including the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Pyramid of Giza, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia and the Lighthouse of Alexandria, among others.
But at various times throughout history, candidates for another “wonder” have popped up, and the famed Pink and White Terraces of New Zealand were sometimes referred to as the 8th wonder of the world.
The terraces were dramatic natural, colorful, cascading pools that descended into the lake, and were located on the North Island of New Zealand near Lake Rotomahana, which brought tourists from around the world.
They were known as the “fountain of the clouded sky” (pink) and the “tattooed rock” (white), and were originally formed by the slow accumulation of silica-rich deposits from ancient geothermal springs, IFL Science said.