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New Theories About Easter Island Statues, Deforestation Presented
2012-06-22 05:35:12

Experts from a pair of American universities have put forth new theories as to how Rapa Nui's legendary stone statues were put into place, as well has what may have caused the downfall of the lush forests once found on the isolated South American location also known as Easter Island. According to Foxnews.com and Huffington Post reports, anthropologist Carl P. Lipo of Cal State Long Beach and archaeologist Terry Hunt of the University of Hawaii have demonstrated their theory that the famous...

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2010-07-06 11:55:00

Organizers said Tuesday that a boat made from 12,500 plastic bottles will leave New Caledonia for Sydney this week on the final leg of a voyage across the Pacific to raise environmental awareness. The "Plastiki" has already sailed 6,944 nautical miles in 108 days from San Francisco to the French Pacific territory. The voyage, inspired by the 1947 Kon-Tiki raft expedition, is said to highlight the dangers of plastic pollution, over-fishing and climate change to the world's oceans.  It...

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2010-05-12 09:55:00

Archaeologists have disproved the fifty-year-old theory underpinning our understanding of how the famous stone statues were moved around Easter Island. Fieldwork led by researchers at University College London and The University of Manchester, has shown the remote Pacific island's ancient road system was primarily ceremonial and not solely built for transportation of the figures. A complex network of roads up to 800-years-old crisscross the Island between the hat and statue quarries and the...

2009-01-18 15:18:51

A British millionaire says he plans to set sail in a plastic raft to alert the world to a huge floating garbage dump drifting between Hawaii and California. David de Rothschild, 30, of the noted banking family, plans to set sail from San Francisco in April aboard a 60-foot raft of empty plastic water bottles, The Sunday Times of London reported. His destination is a becalmed region known as the north Pacific gyre where plastic waste covers an area five times the size of Britain. The world's...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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