Category: Easter Island.

The loss of trees, life

Easter Island which is also known as Rapa Nui is located between Chile and Tahiti. Did you know that it is one of the most isolated islands in the world? It also shows us how deforestation can lead to mass extinction. Such an example has not been found anywhere else in the world.

Very little is known about the people of Rapa Nui but all we do know is that in a very short period of time they destroyed themselves and the ecosystem they lived in. No one knows the exact reason for their extinction but scientists believe that it was mass deforestation which led to the eradication of every single tree species on the island.

And what is the end result? The loss of trees would have had a large impact on soil erosion, birds would have lost their nesting grounds and there would have been hardly any rainfall at all resulting in soil that would have become inhospitable to the growth of plants and crops. In recent times the island has served as a warning of the cultural and environmental dangers of overexploitation. Today, this place is a World Heritage Site (as determined by Unesco) with much of the island protected within the Rapa Nui National Park.

Category: Easter Island