MYSTERY SOLVED? SCIENTISTS HAVE NEW THEORY ABOUT GIANT EASTER ISLAND STATUES
I’ve never been to Easter Island. It is far and away from pretty much everything. But I’d love to go and have ever since I was a kid. Yet that’s a loooong way to travel to visit that one little island, even though it is totally mysterious. But is the mystery finally over? Well, part of it may be, anyway. Scientists now believe that the world renowned statues of giant heads are specially placed. The inhabitants who made, moved and placed them may have had one special reason above all others. Fresh water. So is the mystery solved? Maybe. Maybe not. It’s too soon to tell.
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EASTER ISLAND STATUES ALL FOUND AT FRESH WATER SOURCES
The mysterious former inhabitants of the island had one precious commodity above all others. And that was fresh water. And now, some scientists believe that they placed the statues to mark the locations where fresh water sources could be found. The scientists focused on 93 platforms on the eastern section of the Chilean island. So they especially focused on what those sites had in common to find a pattern. But the pattern they found was a bit surprising. The inhabitants placed every statue on a site the lab coats call “coastal seeps.” That’s where fresh water would come up to the surface at various times. It was dependent on the ocean’s tide.
SOME SAY TOTALLY WRONG, AS RESEARCHERS LOOK TO PROVE THEORY OVER ENTIRE ISLAND
Carl Lipo from Binghanpton University said, “Every time we saw massive amounts of fresh water, we saw giant statues. It was ridiculously predictable.” But some of the sites were further inland, away from the ocean. They were near caves! But guess what? Those caves also supplied fresh water. For now, the statues are there is still a mystery. So too is whether statue size meant anything at all. But one UCLA professor already says this theory is “highly unlikely.” For now, these researchers aim to look at all of the rest of Easter Island and see if they find the same thing with every statue, more fresh water.