Easter Island: Scientific Exploration into the World’s Environmental Problems in Microcosm

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John Loret, John T. Tanacredi
Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 31, 2003 - Science - 240 pages

Easter Island, a World Heritage Site is still, after over 50 years since Thor Heyerdahl's work on the island, a fascinating area to explore and learn about a culture that has only remnants remaining, while documenting a marine ecology still mostly unknown.

Easter Island: Scientific Exploration into the World's Environmental Problems in Microcosm presents the research results from three years of interdisciplinary expeditions to Easter Island. The primary objectives were to investigate the effects of human population growth on the ecology of the island and to discover whether any dramatic climatic changes such as a prolonged El Niņo could have disrupted the island's fragile ecosystem. The interdisciplinary scientific team were mainly researching the paleontology, archaeology, climatology, and geophysics of the island. This book now brings together the results of the three expeditions, identifies new areas of research, and hopefully will continue to inspire aspiring scientists to revisit this amazing island to explore and demystify this timeless enigma of human history.

 

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Contents

A Cultural Icon Scientific Exploration into the Worlds Environmental Problems in Microcosm
19
Rapa Nui National Park The Protection from and Fostering of Ecotourism
29
Documenting Petroglyphs on Easter Island
37
The Corals and Coral Reefs of Easter Island A Preliminary Look
53
Rapid Vegetational and Sediment Change from Rano Aroi Crater Easter Island
81
Mata Ki Te Rangi Eyes Towards the Heavens Climate and Radiocarbon Dates
93
Stable Isotope Record of El Nino Southern Oscillation Events from Easter Island
113
Prehistoric Destruction of the Primeval Soils and Vegetation of Rapa Nui Isla de Pascua Easter Island
133
Finfish in the Rano Kau Caldera of Easter Island
177
Aerial Surveys of Isle De Pasqua Easter Island and the New Birdmen
187
Easter Island Under Glass Observations and Conversations
195
Mapping The Poike Ditch
207
Addendum
223
List of Expedition Participants
227
Index
229
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The Endemic Marine Invertebrates of Easter Island How Many Species and for How Long?
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Dr John T. Tanacredi is Chief, Division of Natural Resources for the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area. He is a Research Associate in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History and at the Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation. He holds Adjunct Full Professor of Environmental Sciences at Hofstra University and Polytechnic University.

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