Daily Travel Photo – Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

Posted: January 9, 2008    Categories: Daily Photo

Fallen Moai statue, Easter Island

Fallen Moai statue, Easter Island

In the foreground is an horizontal maoi statue. It is believed that it was abandoned where it sits while it was in transport to a platform (ahu). In the background is Rano Raraku. This volcanic crater is where almost all the maoi of the island were quarried. The stone in the crater is a lighter tuff than the basalt found on most of the island. Most intact maoi are found in the quarry.

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