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Easter Island Mysteries

This short film was created by The Disinformation Company http://www.disinfo.com for presentation at the International Conference on Ancient Studies, held in...
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Easter Island study enters new phase | Past Horizons

Easter Island study enters new phase | Past Horizons | Rapa Nui | Scoop.it

A team of archaeologists studying the famous statues dotting the landscape of a tiny Pacific island have been awarded just over £640,000


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Archaeologists Analyze Carvings on Easter Island Statue | Archaeology | Sci-News.com

Archaeologists Analyze Carvings on Easter Island Statue | Archaeology | Sci-News.com | Rapa Nui | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Southampton have used the latest in digital imaging technology to analyze carvings on the moai Hoa Hakananai'a.

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[VIDEO] Easter Island moai 'walked'

Researchers have used a replica moai to show how the giant statues may have been "walked" to where they are displayed. Read more: http://www.nature.com/news/1.11613


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"Preventing the Next Easter Island" --Scientists Pioneer a Technique to Predict Ecosystem Collapse

"Preventing the Next Easter Island" --Scientists Pioneer a Technique to Predict Ecosystem Collapse | Rapa Nui | Scoop.it
A team at the University of Southampton are pioneering a technique to predict when an ecosystem is likely to collapse, which may also have potential for foretelling crises in agriculture, fisheries or even social systems preventing another "Easter Island" collapse from occuring. The scientists applied a mathematical model to a real world situation, the environmental collapse of a lake in China, to help prove a theory which suggests an ecosystem 'flickers', or fluctuates dramatically between healthy and unhealthy states, shortly before its eventual collapse.

 

"We wanted to prove that this 'flickering' occurs just ahead of a dramatic change in a system – be it a social, ecological or climatic one – and that this method could potentially be used to predict future critical changes in other impacted systems in the world around us," said John Dearing, head of geography at Southampton.

 

Eminent Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner, emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University (ANU), who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicts humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change. Tools, such as that being pioneered at Southampton, may prevent this dire prediction from becoming a reality. If past is prolgue, 70,000 years ago the human population was reduced to small isolated groups in Africa, apparently because of drought, according to a 2010 analysis by researchers at Stanford University. The estimated the number of early humans may have shrunk as low as 2,000 before numbers began to expand again in the early Stone Age.

 

Tiny bands of early humans, forced apart by harsh environmental conditions, coming back from the brink to reunite and populate the world. Truly an epic drama, written in our DNA." Wells is director of the Genographic Project, launched in 2005 to study anthropology using genetics. The report was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

 

Fenner says homo sapiens will not be able to survive the population explosion and “unbridled consumption,” and will become extinct, perhaps within a century, along with many other species. United Nations official figures from last year estimate the human population is seven billion, and is predicted to pass seven billion next year.


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geography article on Australia about how there ecosystem might collapse and become the new Easter island

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Easter Island - The Mystery of the Moai

Easter Island was named such because it was discovered in the 1600s on Easter Sunday. The mysterious moai are all carved from basalt, excavated right on the ...
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Has the mystery of Easter Island finally been solved? - Science, News - The Independent

Has the mystery of Easter Island finally been solved? - Science, News - The Independent | Rapa Nui | Scoop.it

A scientific battle over the fate of Easter Island's natives is ready to erupt this summer with the publication of a book challenging the notion that their Neolithic society committed ecological suicide.


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Moai Picture -- Easter Island Wallpaper -- National Geographic Photo of the Day

Moai Picture -- Easter Island Wallpaper -- National Geographic Photo of the Day | Rapa Nui | Scoop.it

See a photo of moai standing watch in Easter Island from Randy Olson and download free wallpaper from National Geographic.

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Jared Diamond: Why societies collapse

This talk (based on his controversial book, Collapse) explores the economic and environmental causes behind why a society that is overextended might collapse or recede from a golden age. Jared Diamond uses multiple historical examples such as classical Mayan civilization and Easter Island as well as modern societies such as Rwanda and Haiti, to argue that unsustainable management of the environmental resources might lead to short-term economic successes, but the environmental degradation may threaten the long-term economic viability of the economic system. This talk ties agricultural patterns, economic practices and political policies that can strengthen or weaken a society and the book looks to the past to assess the challenges of the present and future. This TED talk brings geographic concepts and spatial thinking to many of contemporary global issues.


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Mythology and traditions of Rapa Nui

Mythology and traditions of Rapa Nui | Rapa Nui | Scoop.it
Just a few of the mysteries and a small part of the mythology of a unique and mysterious culture that thrived in isolation fo centuries leaving more questions than can be answered.
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