Thursday, March 15, 2018

Will Easter Island survive climate change? Poem: Sailing

Easter Island, off the coast of Chile, is eroding, says the NY Times.

Many photos via 'drone video.'

Drone photography is the capture of still images and video by a remotely-operated or autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also known as an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or, more commonly, as a drone.

The Japanese have donated money to build a sea wall.


More from the Times story

HANGA ROA, Easter Island — The human bones lay baking in the sun. It wasn’t the first time Hetereki Huke had stumbled upon an open grave like this one.

For years, the swelling waves had broken open platform after platform containing ancient remains. Inside the tombs were old obsidian spearheads, pieces of cremated bone and, sometimes, parts of the haunting statues that have made this island famous.

Ringing it are scores of moai statues and their platforms, called ahu.

Archaeologists believe the moai represent the ancestors of the islanders.

Polynesians discovered the island 1,000 years ago.

Image result for kon tiki boat   Kon tiki boat, captained by Thor Heyerdahl.

Interesting lecture about this here. 54 minutes long.

Let's watch together. Just bought some Snyder pretzel rods today. We can share.

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It made me feel thirsty and wishing for inner peace.
The captain of the voyage, great grandson of Thor Heyderdahl
learned as they sailed to tame the ship. Made of balsa
wood, like a stubborn toddler, it refused to tow the line.

The men refused to give up. With saws, they bent it
to their will, to sail the same route as Great Grandad did.

At the end, the Captain said, I must be at sea to feel
inner peace. To be surrounded only by water, the fish
and the dome of the stars.

And YOU, Dear Reader, what gives you inner peace?

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