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Today morning i have seen a very interesting TV program about Easter island. It appears that around the island there are no more fish. The idea is to make a marine reserve to rebuild the eco system.
And lately we could see some Bulent and Craig photos from Easter Island. Is in it the clear sign I should look at my archive?
Visiting Easter Island was my dream for more than forty years. When I realized that I can go there I didn't think more than five minutes. I just bought the tickets. It was very good promotion by British Airways together with LAN Chile and I could afford the ticket also for my husband. I had longer stops in Santiago and also in Miami. And it was well worth money and long flight (26 hours a flight only + time at the airports).

Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island's perimeter. Almost all moai have overly large heads. The statues still gazed inland across their clan lands when Europeans first visited the island, but most were cast down during later conflicts between clans.
The production and transportation of the 887 statues are considered remarkable creative and physical feats. The tallest moai erected, called Paro, was almost 10 metres (33 ft) high and weighed 82 tons; the heaviest erected was a shorter but squatter moai at Ahu Tongariki, weighing 86 tons; and one unfinished sculpture, if completed, would have been approximately 21 metres tall with a weight of about 270 tons. The islanders themselves tore down the standing moai after their civilization broke down.

Here the view of the slope of Rano Raraku. It seems to me that one moai is taking sun. Hope you will like it.

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general view of Rano Raraku

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