Hotel Otai : The Swiming Pool
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Hotel Otai : The Swiming Pool

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A: Hotel Otai : The Garden

de Gregory Panayotou, la distanta de 20 metri

Hotel Otai : The Garden

B: ahu tanai in easter island

de luis davilla, la distanta de 290 metri

ahu tanai in easter island

ahu tanai in easter island

C: ahu tanai in easter island

de luis davilla, la distanta de 300 metri

ahu tanai in easter island

ahu tanai in easter island

D: ahu tahai in easter island

de luis davilla, la distanta de 300 metri

ahu tahai in easter island

ahu tahai in easter island

E: Say Hello to Orlando Lagos

de Gregory Panayotou, la distanta de 360 metri

Say Hello to Orlando Lagos

F: Playa de Hanga Roa

de Gregory Panayotou, la distanta de 380 metri

Playa de Hanga Roa

G: Surfing Hanga Roa

de Gregory Panayotou, la distanta de 470 metri

Surfing Hanga Roa

H: Tahai In The Morning : Ahu Vai Uri

de Gregory Panayotou, la distanta de 740 metri

The Tahai Ceremonial Complex is an archaeological site on Rapa Nu. Tahai comprises three principal ah...

Tahai In The Morning : Ahu Vai Uri

I: Tahai Hanga Kio E Ahu Vai Uri at Sunset

de Gregory Panayotou, la distanta de 750 metri

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

J: Tahai : El Embarcadero

de Gregory Panayotou, la distanta de 770 metri

Tahai  : El Embarcadero

Aceasta panorama a fost facuta in Rapa Nui - Easter Island

Aceasta este un ansamblu a 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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