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The Rise and Fall of Easter Island

Title: Easter Island

Historical Era: Approx. 1200 AD - present

Summary: Easter Island, known for its monumental Moai statues, tells the story of voyagers who came across a lonely oasis, untouched by man, only to ask more of the island than it could give. After a century of deforestation and overuse of natural resources, the island is a tragic tale of what happens when ecology is unable to fulfill humans' ambitions.

Video of "Walking Moai":


Barthel, Thomas S. The Eighth Land: The Polynesian Settlement of Easter Island . University of Hawaii, 1978 ed.

Charles River Editors, History's Greatest Mysteries: Easter Island. Charles River Editors, 2013.

Dos Passos, John. Easter Island: Island of Enigmas. Doubleday, 2018.

Mieth, A.; Bork, H. R. "Humans, climate or introduced rats – which is to blame for the woodland destruction on prehistoric Rapa Nui (Easter Island)?". Journal of Archaeological Science, 2010.

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