Easter Island

Easter Island is a Polynesian Island located in the Pacific Ocean. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the majority of the the island is covered by a national park. Easter Island is well known for its stonework, including carvings, homes, and moai (the large carved heads found around the island).

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How many statues are there on Easter Island?

Exactly 887

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Is Easter Island real?

Yes, quite! It it is located in the South Pacific Ocean, miles and miles from any other (Polynesian) islands.

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What is the name for Easter Island statues?

Moai, or mo'ai are the name of the Easter Island statues. The statues were carved by the Polynesian colonizers of the island, mostly between circa 1250 AD and 1500 Ad.

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How large is the largest moai?

Largest Moai...According to PBS funded NOVA, the largest moai is found in the Rano Raraku Quarry and measures 71.93 feet in height, with a weight of between 145-165 tons.

Or possibly the largest was really once made by people from the lost continent of Mu. XD

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Where are the moai located?

Moai are from Easter Island which is more than 2,000 miles west of Chile.

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Where is Easter Island located closest to?

It is closet to the continent of South America. The closet country it is closet to Chile. In fact it is owned by Chile.

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Who is Papa Moai in Easter Island culture?

hmmm...................... i don't even know what YOU are talking about.

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What happened to the people on Easter Island?

The population rose so high that they ran out of natural resources and good land to farm on. They were forced into cannibals and consumed the weak and elderly. There was a short war and most of the people left had gone insane from ergot poisoning.

The reason there are no bodies today is that the rats ate the remaining bodies. Even the teeth had eroded away as the island was pelted with salty winds. Eroding the topsoil into the ocean. Nothing had time to fossilize or bury cause of the fierce wet ocean winds.

The statues were built in the beginning in hopes of being rescued or saved from a passing ship.

The people of Easter Island were most likely expelled from their native land for some reason.

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Why did the Easter island people speak Spanish?

The original inhabitants of the island did not speak Spanish, but many of the modern ones do because the island is owned by Chile, which is primarily a Spanish-speaking country.

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When was the Statues of Easter Island built?

Actually, no one even knows anything about Easter Island. They can't check the weather, they don't know who might be living there, no one. They can't find answers to everything that is mysterious about Easter Island. It is most likely and Unknown island too.

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Is Easter island part of Chile?

it has been governed by Chile since 1888

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What were man's early abilities as shown in the remarkable examples of the archaeological discoveries at Stonehenge and Easter Island?

Stonehenge and Easter Island have enormous boulders that have been moved great distances. It took a lot of engineering to accomplish those feats.

Shape and also transport (sometimes over considerable distances) large pieces of stone which they then managed to erect in their chosen location. It is a remarkable example of man moving large intact objects, carve things, and have an understanding of the relationship of the Sun to the seasons and calendar.

They planned and built complex structures, placed large statues and figured out ways to lift things in a time when man had no machines to help them do this. It is a mystery today how they built Stonehenge, and got the Statues on Easter Island.

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How long is flight from Canada to Easter Island?

About 12 hours

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How did Easter Island get its name?

Jacob Roggeveen, captain of Dutch fleet, found the Island on the day of April 5th, 1722. That day was Easter Sunday. Roggeveen named it Paasch-Eyland (18th century Dutch for "Easter Island"). The island's official Spanish name, Isla de Pascua, also means "Easter Island".

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Easter Island is famous for what sculptures?

Moai.

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What kind of animals are found on Easter Island?

Horses--many in secure pastures, some roaming but branded, and others just roaming. None seem very "wild." Many are thin--perhaps due to the poor vegetation in November (driest month), or perhaps due to intestinal parasites.

Cows--not as numerous as the horses, but pleny in pastures. Some were very thin.

Dogs--many but almost all in the village of Rapa Nui. A few were in yard of specific houses, but many "patrolled' the streets looking for handouts from tourists. None seemed human-aggressive, but several asserted their alpha status of specific packs.

Cats--the few we saw were in specific houses or businesses.

Birds--small birds and several types of sea birds. A small hawk (kestrel?) was rather plentiful in rural areas.

Rats--in rural areas, but the birds of prey and/or dogs probably control the numbers.

Goats and sheep--didn't see any, although the island used to be (decades ago) dominated by sheep (British ranch).

Snakes--understand there are none, but I can't vouch for that.

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How many moai statues are there on Easter Island?

887 Moai Statues

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How big are the statues at Easter Island?

About head sized

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What are Easter Island statues made out of?

Solidified Volcanic Ash

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What objects are found on Easter Island?

stone heads

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Why were the Moai Easter Island statues built?

Scientists are still trying to figure that out today. They say probably they were built to represent power or life. Or maybe built for praise and majority, maybe just to be content in living. But they still don't know.

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What are facts about Easter Island?

Easter Island got ITS NAME because Captain James Cook discovered it on Easter.

It was formed 750,000 years ago because of volcanic activity and the population is of Polynesian origin. The Island was discovered by Jacob Roggaveen on Easter Sunday 1722. There are 887 statuesshich were carved from solidified volcanic ash between the years 1100 and 1680. It is one of the most isolated and inhabited islands in the world. Population as at 2012 is 5086, that is 63.1 per square mile. It is a special territory of Chile, annexed in 1888. The population was devastated in the 1860's by European sailors bringing in deceases. Current Provincial Governor Carmen Paoa, There is no official language, Spanish and Rapa Nui is spoken. The currency is the Peso

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Easter Island is a dependency of which South American country?

Chille

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What is the history of the people of Easter Island?

The islanders themselves did not develop a writing system until after they had arrived at Easter Island - perhaps not until first contact with European ships - so they did not record their own early history. There was no one else around at the time to make notes, so all we have are the islanders' traditions and stories, most of which are mythological rather than fact.

All Polynesian islands were colonised by people making long voyages, expertly using the stars, currents and cloud formations to guide them. They were by far the most skilled seafarers the world has ever known. All of them originated in south-east Asia six thousand years ago and gradually migrated eastwards, colonising all the inhabitable islands before 800 AD.

Linguistic clues, coupled with anthropological and petroglyph evidence, points strongly to the Easter Islanders having set out from an island known to them as Marae Renga in the Marquesas group around 450 AD and they found Easter Island by chance, settling there permanently.

At the time the island was densely forested; as the population increased and more land was needed for cultivation, the amount of trees began to rapidly decline.

In a nutshell, the massive increase in population and corresponding decline in natural resources, coupled with internal warfare, resulted in the inability to build boats (no trees large enough), the inability to feed the population, frequent wars over the dwindling food sources, complete isolation from other islands and subsequently a total collapse in the island's viability as a place to live.

Statue-building to honour dead chiefs and priests only served to hasten the decline in forest trees, since these were cut down to move and erect the statues, which themselves represented the different factions and tribes competing with each other.

In the end people starved, gathered rain water and lived in underground caves, constantly in fear of being murdered by rival clans. This as the situation when European explorers arrived, some slave ships later taking all the remaining population as slaves to South America. Harsh as this seems, the islanders had already destroyed their own way of life and would have died out fairly quickly.

Today the population is made up entirely of other Polynesians who have moved to Easter Island in modern times - none of the original inhabitants remain.

Easter Island's story serves as an extremely pertinent example to the whole world about overpopulation, misusing very limited resources and squabbling and fighting instead of joining together to resolve problems.

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What is the name of the people from Easter Island?

The people from Easter Island are called Rapa Nui from the saying " Big Rapa".

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