The Lessons of Easter Island Name

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Envir. Science 120


The Lessons of Easter Island


  1. How big is Easter Island?

  1. In 1722, how many people lived on the Island?

  1. In 1877, who removed and enslaved all but 110 people living on the island?

  1. How many stones are scattered across the island?

  1. Give one explanation to this mystery island?

  1. Easter Island is an example of the dependence of human societies on their ____________________.

  1. When did the first people arrive to Easter Island?

  1. How did the Polynesians travel such a huge area of the world?

  1. Name some of the living (abiotic) factors that the original island possessed?

  1. Explain the role of the clan chief.

  1. What is an ahu?

  1. How did the population transport their statues?

  1. How did scientists confirm that trees were once a part of the island’s environment?

  1. What were some of the things they used trees for?

  1. List two effects of deforestation?

  1. Why did the population eventually turn to cannibalism?

Once these questions are done, you may think about your Journal #4: The Lessons of Easter Island.

Do you see any parallels between the society on Easter Island, and our own?

Can we learn anything from the Easter Islanders?

What do you consider the most important lesson in this Ecological Case study?

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