Sunday, April 20, 2008

A fallen mo'ai, likely abandoned in transit. One of the greatest threats to deterioration of the mo'ai is not weather, or even humans. It is the livestock left to roam freely among them, constantly rubbing up against them and using them for shade from the sun.

Exterior, Rano Raraku.

The 15 mo'ai at Ahu Tongariki, one of the most magestic sites on the island. This site was restored in the 80's by Japanese scientists with help from a crane company who donated equipment to lift the statues.

Several of the top knots at Tongariki in the foreground.
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