Easter Island moai statue

Easter Island moai statue

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Credit: CAMILLE VAN VOOREN/REPORTERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Easter Island moai statue. One of the moai statues at the Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu (stone platform) on Easter Island. The statues, called moai by the Polynesians, were carved from volcanic rock by the islanders between 400 and 1500 A.D. By 1500 about 1000 statues had been carved and 324 erected. The largest is 37 feet tall and weighs 85 tonnes. Deforestation of the island eventually led to the collapse of the island's culture. This shows the pukao (hat or knot of hair) typical of these statues. Photographed on Easter Island, Chile.

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