With triangle and each vertex a volcano (Terevaka, Puakatike and Rano Kau), Easter Island offers a unique and endemic fauna make it a place unlike anything seen before. Its hills, tinged with a yellowish green scorched by the sun and windswept almost nonstop we offer miles and miles of visibility, a horizon almost as wide as the ocean that surrounds it, by the total absence of trees.
Photography by Alex Grechman
Deforestation is another of the great mysteries of the island. As they have found evidence of palm groves and tropical plants, some geographers point to the lack of rain or the “Little Ice Age” that occurred between 1650 and 1850 as guilty of extermination of the native flora. Others believe that the most likely reason is the arrival of man. The overcrowding crisis suffered by the island affected both the culture and history of the Rapa Nui people as its vegetation gradually exterminated. (más…)