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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