Science Express: Collapse on Easter Island
Thursday 6 August 2009,
Level 4 Espresso
Scientist Troy Baisden talks about his time on Easter Island, and discusses how the indigenous people there view recent research into the collapse of civilisations.
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In his book Collapse, Jared Diamond highlights the spectacular and mysterious collapse of the statue-building civilisation on Easter Island. Diamond uses Easter Island as a key example as he outlines a number of factors leading to the success or failure of civilisations.
New Zealand’s Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS Science) believes the depletion of soil nutrients on Easter Island caused declining crop yields, and was a factor in the decline of the statue-building people there. GNS scientists are carrying out research to test this hypothesis.
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Proudly supported by GNS Science and the Royal Society of New Zealand Wellington Branch.