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A: Playa de Hanga Roa

by Gregory Panayotou, 90 meters away

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B: Say Hello to Orlando Lagos

by Gregory Panayotou, 280 meters away

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C: ahu tanai in easter island

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D: ahu tahai in easter island

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E: ahu tanai in easter island

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F: Hotel Otai : The Garden

by Gregory Panayotou, 460 meters away

Hotel Otai : The Garden

G: Hotel Otai : The Swiming Pool

by Gregory Panayotou, 470 meters away

Hotel Otai : The Swiming Pool

H: Rapa Nui Parliament

by Gregory Panayotou, 710 meters away

Rapa Nui Parliament

I: Ana Kai Tangata

by Gregory Panayotou, 960 meters away

Ana Kai Tangata

J: Tahai Hanga Kio E Ahu Vai Uri at Sunset

by Gregory Panayotou, 1.0 km away

The Tahai Ceremonial Complex is an archaeological site on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Tahai comprises t...

Tahai Hanga Kio E Ahu Vai Uri at Sunset

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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