People's Effect on Easter Island

Harvey, Mary
April 2006
Scholastic News -- Edition 4;4/24/2006, Vol. 68 Issue 23, p6
The article reveals the findings of a study on the role of humans in changing the landscape of Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean. The island is famous for its huge stone statues. People who lived in it used up its resources leaving the land barren and causing hardship for later inhabitants. The study shows how human can affect places. It concludes that settlers arrived much later than scientists once thought, and immediately began the widespread destruction of the island's trees.


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