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The collapse of Easter Island is a mystery that we will probably never learn that truth about. Contributing to this mystery is the multi-ton stone statues that were carved out and some even transported hundreds of miles across the entire island. Different scientists have very different theories as why Easter Island is the way it is now and why its population collapsed. Here I will be talking mainly about two theories one by Jared Diamond and the other by Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo. Their theories vary greatly which makes it very interesting to see how different backgrounds and opinions can vastly shape that way that humans view different phenomenon. Jared Diamond’s theory is the most common and the one that most people have heard of. That is the one that they depleted all of their resources even though they were totally aware of the severe environmental impacts that this was having (Pakandam, 2009). For some time now this ecological and societal collapse has been termed “ecocide” (Hunt and Lipo, 2009). It is said that the first people that encountered Easter Island saw a place that was rich and bountiful tropical land. The society they built had strong hierarchical rules and religious rituals. One of these rituals included carving and erecting giant stone statues now known as Moai (Pakandan, 2009). Jared diamond posed an important question which was “what were they thinking when they cut down the last palm tree?” In an article written by Diamond in 2005 he compares

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