Story: Life in hot springs

The Pink Terrace

The Pink Terrace

This depiction of the Pink Terrace was painted by the artist Charles Blomfield in 1890. The terraces were a major tourist attraction in the Rotorua area, but were obliterated by the Tarawera eruption in 1886. Their colour was probably due to the presence of a pigmented thermophilic bacterium such as Thermus ruber.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-667
Oil painting by Charles Blomfield

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Bruce Mountain, 'Life in hot springs - Sinter', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Bruce Mountain, published 12 Jun 2006