0 Likes

Ahu Tongariki (Fallen Moai)
Rapa Nui - Easter Island

This is  Ahu Tongariki, the largest Ahu on Rapa Nui. Its Moai were toppled during the island's civil wars and in the twentieth century the Ahu was swept inland by a tidal wave. It has since been restored and has 15 Moai including an 86 tonne moai that was the heaviest ever erected on the island.

Copyright: Gregory Panayotou
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11640x5820
Uploaded: 03/03/2009
Updated: 09/06/2014
Views:

...


Tags: rapa nui; rapanui; moai; ahu; tongariki
comments powered by Disqus

Gregory Panayotou
Another Day At Tongariki (The Lonely Moai)
Gregory Panayotou
Another Day At Ahu Tongariki (Wiew from Front Right)
Gregory Panayotou
Another Day At Tongariki (Front Center)
Gregory Panayotou
Ahu Tongariki (Middle Front)
Gregory Panayotou
Ahu Tongariki (Again)
Gregory Panayotou
Ahu Tongariki (Front Right)
Gregory Panayotou
Ahu Tongariki Moai (Front Left)
luis davilla
ahu tongariki in easter island
luis davilla
ahu tongariki in easter island
luis davilla
Ahu Tongariki in Easter Island
luis davilla
ahu tongariki in easter island
Gregory Panayotou
Ahu Tongariki (So Far Away)
Emile Duijker
steam engine museum in Medemblik
Matt Nolan
Early morning fog on McCall Glacier (11 June 08 06:41)
Matt Nolan
The last of the drilling is complete (31 May 08 16:56)
Matt Nolan
Drilling ice cores in the midnight sun (15 May 08 03:13)
Uwe Buecher
Salinas de Fuencaliente
Thomas Krueger
Cervo
Marcin Klaban
Gdansk Mariacka street
Matt Nolan
Extracting ice cores from McCall Glacier (03 May 08 19:01)
Bill Bailey
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Richard Chesher
Cascade de la Riviere du Kaoris, Prony New Caledonia
Alessandro Ugazio
Piazza Solferino, Fontana Angelica
yunzen liu
Lijiang5- Scenery and natural wonders(guilin china)- Nine-horse Mural Cliff
Gregory Panayotou
Fare Mama
Gregory Panayotou
Le Virage du Flamboyant
Gregory Panayotou
Poor Lonely Beach
Gregory Panayotou
Rano Raraku (External Slope 05 of 13)
Gregory Panayotou
Loyalty Island, Mare : West Coast Sunset
Gregory Panayotou
Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo : Port Olry
Gregory Panayotou
Arue Cimetery Pt.3
Gregory Panayotou
Tiare Restaurant
Gregory Panayotou
Noumea : Anse Vata Bay
Gregory Panayotou
Arriving at Baja Point
Gregory Panayotou
Oyster Island : Cannon Cove Point
Gregory Panayotou
Lonely Moai (recto)
More About 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.