14 Apr '11, 4pm

Deforestation, Collapse And Plastic Pollution At Easter Island : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Deforestation, Collapse And Plastic Pollution At Easter Island : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

The first thing to notice about Easter Island is that there are little to no native trees. The story is a known one among environmental groups, often used to talk about the devastating effects deforestation can have for human beings: once blessed with lush vegetation thanks to its mild climate and volcanic origins, Rapa Nui's forest was cleared by the inhabitants of the island for fire and to build canoes and transportation for the giant Moai statues that populate the island. The destruction process was accelerated by rats, which chewed seeds preventing the regeneration of trees, as an article published in 1995 at Discover Magazine

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