Easter island - faces of mystery it is one of the most isolated islands in the world but 1200 years ago a double-hulled canoe filled with seafarers from a distant culture landed upon its shores. Tragically, it was statue building that seems to have lead to easter island's collapse their movement from quarry to erection site required so many trees for logs and rope making that deforestation was complete by 1400 to 1600 ad. This week i wrote a blog post re-examining the historical evidence for the view that what happened in pre-historic easter island is a classic story of ecological 'collapse' and thereby holds lessons for us all.
The rise and fall of early civilizations essay - all the way from the start of civilization through to the early christianity there has been a pantheon of destruction, recognition, wars, cultural diffusion, religious breakthroughs, laws that have been established, kings and queens crowned and dethroned. why do societies collapse an analysis of the rapa nui civilization in the easter islands i have often asked myself, 'what did the eastern islander cut down the last palm tree say while he was going it' (diamond, p114. Evidence for ecological collapse on easter is inconclusive, and that other causes for the destruction of island society exist, but these causes are neglected by most.
Societal collapse is the fall of a complex human societysuch a disintegration may be relatively abrupt, as in the case of maya civilization, or gradual, as in the case of the fall of the western roman empire. This video investigates the decline and fall of civilization on the easter islands the video will provide all of the background material for the assignment, anarchy on the easter islands: caused or constituted. Easter is the most remote habitable scrap of land in the world it's an island in the pacific, 2,000 miles west of the coast of chile, and something 1300 miles from the nearest polynesian island.
As jared diamond tells it in his best-selling book, collapse, easter island is the clearest example of a society that destroyed itself by overexploiting its own resourcesonce tree clearing. January 24, 1984, page 00002 the new york times archives the fall of the civilization that carved more than 600 huge, elongated stone heads on easter island, 2,000 miles off the coast of chile. The downfall of easter island may have had more to do with preexisting environmental conditions than degradation by humans, according to a new study of the remote speck of land made famous by its.
Easter island is a prime example of what widespread deforestation can do to a society as the forests are depleted, the quality of life falls, and then order is lost the example of easter island should be enough for us to reconsider our current practices. The book questioning collapse (cambridge university press, 2010) is a collection of essays by anthropologists criticizing various aspects of diamond's books collapse and guns, germs and steel: a short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years. The easter island expert terry hunt sees no evidence that the population of the island ever grew higher than around 4,000 individuals - a level that is far from unsustainable the evidence for a pre-contact population collapse, a key part of the eco-disaster model, is far from conclusive. The fall of the easter island civilization is a chilling story about the consequences of resource depletion initially, easter island was covered by a tropical palm forest, however, as a consequence of the overuse of the island's resources it is now mostly covered in grass.
The environmental change and the collapse of easter island ruud coumans in this paper, we will search for an explanation of the mystical collapse of society on easter island, during the 18th century we'll use the second chapter for the book collapse. The environmental change and the collapse of easter island 1208 words | 5 pages the environmental change and the collapse of easter island ruud coumans in this paper, we will search for an explanation of the mystical collapse of society on easter island, during the 18th century. The easter island located near chile - easter island is a polynesian island that covers roughly 64 square miles in the southeastern pacific ocean, and it is located near chile's west coast and east of tahiti.