Turns out, so many people were seeking an answer that "we were swamped by over 3 million hits and our site crashed," said Jo Anne Van Tilburg, director of the Easter Island Statue Project, which had indeed been excavating two of the statues' buried bodies since 2010. Photos of the dig posted on the project website, and older photos taken of full-bodied Easter Island statues that were excavated in the 1950s, have been collected together in the chain email, driving that past surge of interest in the excavation project, and confusion about what's real. … [Read more...] about Do the Easter Island Heads Really Have Bodies?
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The research was supported by Consejo de Monumentos, Isla de Pascua, CONAF-Parque Nacional Isla de Pascua, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the Explorers Club and the 2008 and 2009 Easter Island cave expedition teams. The work has not yet been reported in a scientific journal. … [Read more...] about New Species Discovered on Damaged Easter Island
"The collapse was really a function of European disease being introduced," Lipo said. "The story that's been told about these populations going crazy and creating their own demise may just be simply an artifact of [Christian] missionaries telling stories." … [Read more...] about View of Easter Island Disaster All Wrong, Researchers Say
Though the system often works quite well, it sometimes can't work fast enough. Near the quake's epicenter, the waves were huge, powerful and destructive. Warnings went out three minutes after the quake, but along parts of the Japanese coast, the waves arrived just 10 minutes later, according to media reports. … [Read more...] about When Tsunami Warning System Works, And When It Doesn’t
Future editions of the atlas, which typically is researched by a team of more than 50 cartographers, will take into account changes in Arctic sea ice cover and other changes to lake, river, ocean and forest boundaries, as they are affected by the changing climate. … [Read more...] about Climate Change Redraws World Maps