In the eastern corner of Polynesia is a tiny piece of land, the most remote from other lands place on the globe. This - Rapa Nui, or Easter Island.
Easter Island (Rapa Nui), a small, hilly and now almost treeless island of volcanic origin, rising to a distant geological epoch (Tertiary) from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, lies under 27 ° 0930 "w. W. 2B14 and 109 ° 's . etc.
Rapa Nui is an extreme outpost in the east of the Polynesians from the nearest island to the west - Pitcairn Islands Rapa Nui separated 1,800 kilometers from Mangareva Islands - 2600 km, and from the Pacific coast of Chile - 3600 km.
In fact Easter Island - one of the smallest inhabited islands of our planet - its area 166 km2. For example, in the territory of modern Moscow would fit five islands such as Rapa Nui. Besides Easter Island, its shape is similar to a tiny Sicily, has the shape of a triangle with sides equal to 16, 18 and 24 km, the corners of which three towering volcanoes Terevaka (Rano Aroi) in the north-west, Rano Kao south West, Pua-CATIC to the east.
Volcanoes on the island a lot, but now none of them is applicable. Most, largest volcano - Terevaka rising 600 meters above sea level i...
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... for foreigners", "offer visitors cheesy Tuff sculptures passing them off as ancient idols and thoroughly telling all kinds of nonsense about their origins and the history of their findings."
Manufactured for sale and small sculptures made of wood. But from the brilliant skill of the ancient carvers no trace. Tragically, the elderly die last, remembering the old myths and legends.
Unsuccessful attempts to find even among the oldest inhabitants of the people who have ever in any way mastered the art of letter-Rongo Rongo Kohala. For the sixth generation of scientists can not read these mysterious characters.
Stone giants dropped from ahu, silent ... Ancient traditions are dead. Original culture died, leaving "the riddle of Easter Island," a riddle, is inextricably linked with the art of this small piece of land, lost in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean.
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