Easter Island, Chile (Gallery)

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Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. A special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888, Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapanui people. It is a World Heritage Site with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park. In recent times the island has served as a warning of the cultural and environmental dangers of overexploitation.

Photographer credits in order of appearance: Lars Juhl Jensen, Matt Phipps, Travel Way of Life, Robert Nyman, Matt Phipps, Jean Delard de Rigoulières, Vera & Jean-Christophe, Travel Way of Life

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