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|Devastation after the Tarawera eruption|
The first shows a small crater with a hazy cloud of bubbles and coming out of it. This depression is roughly a metre across. Because of disturbance caused by the high level of hydrothermal activity, the ranges of the camera images are only a few metres. *
The last of the underwater photos, taken near the region identified by Vicki as being where the strong reflectors of the Pink Terraces are located, show the vertical edge of a terrace head on. The scaling is not exact but in the region of one or one and a half metres in height and could be an exposure of the lower part of the Pink Terraces. *
These initial findings leave many questions that can be followed up in the future. But for now, to know that at least a part of the Pink Terraces of Lake Rotomahana are still there, hidden in the depths of the water, is a fantastic outcome of the Lake Rotomahana Project. Quite apart from this discovery, the analysis of the overall expedition findings will give the scientists plenty to do towards the goal of understanding the whole hydrothermal system of Rotomahana. Dr. Cornel de Ronde, of GNS and leader of the expedition has something to smile about.
* "Digital underwater photographs taken by Dr. Dan Fornari - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Cape Cod, MA, USA, using equipment developed with funding from the US National Science Foundation and WHOI. Digital underwater camera developed by Mr. Mark Olsson of DeepSea Power & Light, San Diego, CA, USA. Copyright D. Fornari - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution."