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Chile | New study challenges "ecological collapse" theory of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) WHS

Easter Island’s colossal statues loom large—both literally and figuratively—in the popular imagination. The massive heads and torsos dot the landscape like stone sentinels, standing guard over the isle’s treeless, grassy expanse.


The statues have inspired widespread speculation, awe, and wonder for centuries. But the island, called Rapa Nui by its Indigenous people, has also captured the world’s imagination for an entirely different reason.


https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/rethinking-easter-islands-historic-collapse/

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