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Easter Island Moai

Easter Island Moai

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Ahu Togariki, the largest moai on Easter Island, stares out at the Pacific Ocean. Moai are ancient statues of men carved out of huge pieces of rock. Easter Island, also called Rapa Nui. Is the southernmost point of the Polynesian Triangle, and had a flourishing Polynesian culture until the 1700s. By that time. The Rapa Nui civilization had overexploited, or used up, too many of the island’s resources, including fresh water, vegetation such as nuts and palms, and animals such as fish. By the time European explorers arrived in the 1700s, the culture was dwindling and many of the moai broken.

The moai are monolithic statues, and their minimalist style reflects forms found throughout Polynesia.

He over-large heads (a three-to-five ratio between the head and the trunk, a sculptural trait that demonstrates the Polynesian belief in the sanctity of the chiefly head) have heavy brows and elongated noses with a distinctive fish-hook-shaped curl of the nostrils. The lips protrude in a thin pout. Like the nose, the ears are elongated and oblong in form.

Easter Island statues are known for their large, broad noses and big chins.

Along with rectangle-shaped ears and deep eye slits. Their bodies are normally squatting, with their arms resting in different positions and are without legs. The majority of the ahu are found along the coast and face inland towards the community. There are some inland ahu such as Ahu Akivi. These moai face the community but given the small size of the island, also appear to face the coast.

The more recent moai had pukao on their heads, which represent the topknot of the chieftains. According to local tradition, the mana was preserved in the hair. The pukao were carved out of red scoria. A very light rock from a quarry at Puna Pau. Red itself is considered a sacred color in Polynesia. The added pukao suggest a further status to the moai.

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There are some inland ahu such as Ahu Akivi. These moai face the community but given the small size of the island, also appear to face the coast.

There are some inland ahu such as Ahu Akivi. These moai face the community but given the small size of the island, also appear to face the coast.

Oldest island in the world

Oldest island in the world

Oldest island

For almost 88 million years, the island of Madagascar has stood off the coast of Southeast Africa. From the tropical humid and dry forests of the interior. Home to ring-tailed lemurs. To the mangrove ecosystems along the coast. The island is home to some of the most unusual and delicate ecosystems on Earth. Now for the first time, through our Trekker Loan partnership with conservation organization Blue Ventures and the Department of Water and Forests: University of Antananarivo. The Madagascar Ministry of Culture. And Madagascar National Parks. You can take a virtual journey to Madagascar with Street View in Google Maps.

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Walking along the avenues of Western Madagascar, you’ll notice a stand of Baobab trees. Against the clear skies, these unusual trees look almost unfinished, with thick trunks and sparse canopies.

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Avenue of Baobabs in Madagascar
For a bird’s-eye view of the island, stand along the edge of the Karambony cliffs. Looking out at the vast, wild landscape. You can see how many different worlds exist on this one island from the vast mountain peaks to the streaming rivers flowing out into the Indian Ocean.
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The cliffs of Karambony

Though beautiful scenery abounds in Madagascar.
The country is also facing real challenges due to the increased demand placed on natural resources. While much of the plant and animal life has remained abundant over the centuries, this incredibly rare biodiversity is increasingly being fragmented by human activities. To shine a spotlight on ongoing conservation efforts, Blue Ventures collected imagery of some of the island’s most compelling scenery, including areas where effective conservation is increasingly critical to community livelihoods, climate change preparedness and for safeguarding biodiversity. Oldest island in the world

Now you can visit the Mangrove ecosystems along the North coast as well as go sailing on a pirogue 40km into the Mozambique Channel to see the remote Barren Isles archipelago, the largest community-managed marine conservation area in the Indian Ocean.

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