Forest destruction may not be the singular cause for the collapse of Easter Island. People living in and around desert regions have built up civilizations. Diamond's thesis of resource depletion for the fall of Easter Island is not quite convincing, for there was abundant supply of fish. Canoes could take them to a wide area to catch fish. I don't think that Rapanui tribes toppled the huge statues after making them with great difficulty. In my view, it is not deforestation or cannibalism that ruined Easter Island society, but a sudden tsunami. The scattered statues and shattered caves give us the clue for the devastation of the small isolated island by tsunami.
12 Dec 10:14 AM
posted by Abraham Yeshuratnam
December 12, 2013
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