Rano Kau Volcano (From Top)
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Rano Kau Volcano (From Top)

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Volcano Rano Kau emerged after hundreds of thousands of years, followed by volcano Maunga Terevaka, which created the island as we know it through these eruptive processes.

These three volcanos gave rise to tens of volcanic cones, providing Rapa Nui its typical relief, dotted with craters, soft hills, and lava fields. The three sides of the island triangle measure around 16, 17 and 24 Km, respectively.

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A: Rano Kau Volcano (Up the Mirador !)

by Gregory Panayotou, 180 meters away

Volcano Rano Kau emerged after hundreds of thousands of years, followed by volcano Maunga Terevaka, w...

Rano Kau Volcano (Up the Mirador !)

B: (Nearly) Inside Rano Kau Volcano

by Gregory Panayotou, 670 meters away

Rano Kau is a 324 m (1,063 ft) tall extinct volcano that forms the southwestern headland of Easter Is...

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C: Orongo Village, main entrance

by Gregory Panayotou, 780 meters away

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Orongo Village, main entrance

D: Orongo PathWay

by Gregory Panayotou, 980 meters away

Orongo is a stone village and ceremonial center at the southwestern tip of Rapa Nui. Until the mid-ni...

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E: Orongo Pathway (SomeWhere else)

by Gregory Panayotou, 1.0 km away

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F: Orongo Village Again

by Gregory Panayotou, 1.0 km away

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G: Orongo & The Motu

by Gregory Panayotou, 1.0 km away

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H: rano kau crater in easter island

by luis davilla, 1.4 km away

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rano kau crater in easter island

I: rano kau crater in easter island

by luis davilla, 1.4 km away

ahu nau nau in anakena beach in easter island

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J: Mataveri Runway

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This panorama was taken in Rapa Nui - Easter Island

This is an overview of Rapa Nui - Easter Island

Rapa Nui is the most remote inhabited island on earth. You may recognize this place by its common title "Easter Island". The island pokes out of the ocean with one hundred fifty square miles of area, but this is only the tip of a giant extinct volcano rising ten thousand feet from the ocean floor.

Easter Island got its Christian name on Easter Sunday in 1722, the day that Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen landed there. He found the natives in a primitive society engaged in constant war with each other, resorting to cannibalism at times of no other food being available. He was followed in 1770 by a Spanish captain who claimed the island for Spain, in 1774 by Captain Cook of England and in 1786 by a French admiral. The general lack of water, wood and food left them equally uninterested in using Easter Island as a place to resupply their ships.

The mysteries of Rapa Nui are these -- how did people get here in the first place, how did they MAKE these gigantic statues, and then how a civilization could have degraded from such a cultural and artistic peak, backwards to a state of poverty and starvation?

The standard tale of the people on Easter Island is that overpopulation and poor resource management led them to their own extinction. It's commonly used as a warning to the entire globe, telling all humans not to make the same mistakes on a planetary scale.

Another version of the story might include the European introduction of smallpox, venereal disease, slavery and oppressive government as a warning to the entire globe, telling all humans not to make the same mistakes on a planetary scale.

In any case, take another look at these images and be happy you have such a nice home planet to live on.

Text by Steve Smith.

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