1. <small id="dk2yl"><object id="dk2yl"><tr id="dk2yl"></tr></object></small>
    2. <meter id="dk2yl"></meter>

      <listing id="dk2yl"></listing>

      <label id="dk2yl"></label>

      New Study Reveals Why Easter Island's Statues Are Positioned Along the Coast? iStock.com/AlbertoLoyo New Study Reveals Why Easter Island's Statues Are Positioned Along the Coast

      From the fate of its once vibrant population to the origins of its moai statues, Easter Island is rife with mystery. As Ars Technica reports, a team of scientists may have answered one question related to the famous heads located on the island off the coast of Chile: Why were they placed in some spots on the island and not others?

      According to their study in the journal PLOS One, ancient islanders positioned the moai around precious sources of fresh water. This theory may seem confusing if you're familiar with the island's layout: Almost all of the stone artifacts are located along the coast.

      But the study authors write that the statues are markers for hidden water sources. On Easter Island, and other volcanic islands, volcanic tubes carry fresh water from underground into the ocean, creating patches of drinkable water surrounded by the salty sea. Fresh water is a limited resource on the island, and its inhabitants likely depended on these water pockets to survive.

      When researchers pinpointed these off-shore water sources, they found either moai statues or the platforms that were used to hold them next to each site. And this wasn't a result of islanders placing moai randomly along the coast: Further analysis revealed that the presence of a freshwater patch was the strongest indicator of where an Easter Island head would be.

      Easter Island's scant natural resources are part of the mystery that surrounds its ancient people. At its peak, the Easter Island may have sustained a population of 17,500, and the complex social structure of its inhabitants enabled them to achieve great things, such as carving and transporting 81-ton statues around the island. Though we now have an idea of why the moai ended up where they did, the question of how they got there is still up for debate.

      [h/t Ars Technica]

      TOPICS FOR YOU
      The Little-Known Danish Coastal Getaway Locals Love and Travelers Overlook Next Story

      A little-known coastal getaway locals love and travelers overlook

      Feedback

      Found the story interesting?

      Like us on Facebook to see similar stories


      Send MSN Feedback

      We appreciate your input!

      Please give an overall site rating:

      重庆时时彩注冊送彩金

      1. <small id="dk2yl"><object id="dk2yl"><tr id="dk2yl"></tr></object></small>
      2. <meter id="dk2yl"></meter>

        <listing id="dk2yl"></listing>

        <label id="dk2yl"></label>

        1. <small id="dk2yl"><object id="dk2yl"><tr id="dk2yl"></tr></object></small>
        2. <meter id="dk2yl"></meter>

          <listing id="dk2yl"></listing>

          <label id="dk2yl"></label>

          上海快3彩经网 500期双色球基本走势图带坐标 两码中特期准 浙江6十1最新开奖 香港赛马会专用图片 安徽11选5开奖视频 香港白小姐 吉林时时彩彩空 海南飞鱼彩票网上购买 赌场用品订做 体彩彩票大乐透走势图 混合过关必须全部猜对吗 浙江快乐12选5预测软件 大丰收心水论坛8438 混合过关必须全部猜对吗