The mysterious Easter Island

April 9, 2015

By Alejandro Ordoñez and Nicolás Rabadán

 

The Easter Island is a Chilean island in the southeastern of the Pacific Ocean, at the  Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 monumental statues, called moais , created by the early Rapa Nui people that lives there.

In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park. The introduction of the Polynesian rat and overpopulation caused the deforestation and extinction of natural resources,  which caused the demise of the Rapa Nui civilization. Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.

Easter Island statues are known for their large, broad noses and strong chins, along with rectangle shaped ears and deep eye slits. Their bodies are normally squatting, with their arms resting in different positions and are without legs.

A moái is an statue of monolitic stone . The volcanic rock could be cut with relative ease using basalt and obsidian tools. Later they buried under the grass to aplicate their details .We don’t  know perfectly how they transport the moais, but we suppose that they used to carried with wooden  sleds or rollers.

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