Santiago, Chile - Republic of
A VIEW OF "MOAI" STATUES ON EASTER ISLAND.
A view of "Moai" statues at "Tongariki" bay on Easter Island, 4,000 km
(2486 miles) west of Santiago, October 27, 2003. Easter Island's
mysterious "Moai", giant head statues carved out of volcanic rock, are
in danger of being destroyed by years of tropical rains and wind as
well as careless humans and farm animals. Experts have called on the
international community to commit funds to preserve the monoliths,
whose mystery draws tourists to the world's most remote inhabited
island. Picture taken October 27, 2003.
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