Easter�s End

Easter�s End - of war. Peace ended for the islanders...

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“Easter’s End “ This article is about the Easter Island, an isolated Polynesian island with a tragic history. Easter Island is today a desolate and inhospitable island with little natural resources, but it was not always that way. Archaeology ( the study of prehistoric people and their cultures) , pollen analysis, and paleontology (the study of fossil organisms and related remains), give us insights to what the history of Easter Island is. Scientist and anthropologist discovered that Easter Island used to have a population of 7,000 to 20,000 people and was a subtropical forest with a species of palm that was used for canoe making and various food sources. The island was home to many sea birds but the main animal the Easter Islanders ate was porpoise, which they harpooned far offshore in canoes. The islanders also built great stone statues that were once erected all over the island but were pulled down during time
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Unformatted text preview: of war. Peace ended for the islanders when they began to deplete their resources rapidly. They made their way down the food chain wiping out their trees, birds, and crustaceans and eventually turned to cannibalism, the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind. Starvation and war broke out at this time and the population crashed to one quarter to one tenth of its peak population. The story of Easter Island is a warning to conserve resources and to be aware of our actions on the environment; it is so easy to be distracted by goals and the push for progress. But we cannot follow the same path that Easter Island did, because just like them we have to where to run to when we destroy everything we have. A question you could ask yourself: Do you believe that our world is following the same path at the people of Easter Island by exploiting our natural resources?...
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