Easter Island

MAR 10

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Why in news?

  • On the tiny, remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - Easter Island-, archaeologists have discovered moai statue. The enormous stone figure was hidden beneath a dry lake bed.

What is Moai?

  • Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500.
  • Moai are carved from volcanic tuff (solidified ash).
  • Almost all moai have overly large heads, which comprise three-eighths the size of the whole statue - which has no legs.
  • The tallest moai erected, called Paro, was almost 10 metres high and weighed 82 tonnes.

About Easter Island:

  • The Eastern Island is under the sovereignty of Chile and is considered a part of ‘Insular Chile’.
  • It is located in the south-eastern part of the Pacific Ocean.
  • It is a part of the Polynesian Triangle of Oceania. It was designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.



‘Easter Island’, recently seen in news, is located in:

(a) Pacific Ocean

(b) Atlantic Ocean

(c) Indian Ocean

(d) Arctic Ocean