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Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. A special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888, Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapanui people. — Wikipedia

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In recent times the island has served as a warning of the cultural and environmental dangers of exploitation. Ethnographers and archaeologists also blame diseases carried by European sailors and Peruvian slave raiding of the 1860s for devastating the local peoples.  

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Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.  The nearest inhabited land (50 residents) is Pitcairn Island at 2,075 kilometres (1,289 mi), and the nearest continental point lies in central Chile, at 3,512 kilometres (2,182 mi).

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  • blokeintakapuna

    They also have bodies – the link has some awesome pics showing this…

    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/easter-island-statues-bodies.shtml

  • GregM

    Now we all know where Geoffrey Palmer came from.

  • James M

    The Rapanui really felt the pain of over population and over using resources. They literally cut down the last standing trees for huts and canoes which resulted in soil being washed away. crops dissipated and the population collapsed. then later in history for the remaining population Europeans crash the party.

    Sorry not trying to Hijack the story. At the risk of sounding like a hippie, the ancient Rapanui people are a reminder of what happens when we take every last piece of resource

    • blokeintakapuna

      or over-breed…

    • Appreciate the input, and don’t be shy to do it again. It’s hardly hijacking!

  • anonymouse

    The underwater Moai is a fake,
    it is a movie prop that was left over from a Kevin Costner produced flop about eco-armageddon in 1994, It was sunk to give the divers something to look at.

    http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/fake-moai-olson/

    • Awesome. Thanks for the additional info. It was the first image that triggered me to use it as images for POTD, but I found it devoid of context and simply assumed it was genuine. Still, it adds a dimension that proves that history isn’t static.

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