Moai profile

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Moai profile
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-27.126140
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-109.289423
-27.126140;-109.289423
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  • Canon, Canon EOS 5D
  • f/4.0, ISO100, 24.0 mm, 1/400 sec.

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Sculptures & Monuments UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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One of the moais at the outer slopes of the volcano Rano Raraku on Rapa Nui.

Rano Raraku was a quarry for about 500 years until the early eighteenth century, and supplied the stone from which about 95% of the island's known monolithic sculptures (moai) were carved. Rano Raraku is a visual record of moai design vocabulary and technological innovation, where 397 moai remain.

The incomplete statues in the quarry are remarkable both for their number, for the inaccessibility of some that were high on the outside crater wall and for the size of the largest; at 21.6 m (71 feet) in height, almost twice that of any moai ever completed and weighing an estimated 270 tonnes, many times the weight of any transported.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rano_Raraku

February 2011

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