Easter Island

Scientific Exploration into the World’s Environmental Problems in Microcosm

  • John Loret
  • John T. Tanacredi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: An Easter Island Experience—How it all Started

  3. Documenting the World Heritage Significance of Easter Island

  4. EcologIcal Considerations and Restoration/Protection Efforts of Natural and Cultural Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Dorothy Peteet, W. Beck, J. Ortiz, S. O’Connell, D. Kurdyla, D. Mann
      Pages 81-92
    3. J. Warren Beck, Lori Hewitt, George S. Burr, John Loret, Francisco Torris Hochstetter
      Pages 93-111
    4. David A. Mucciarone, Robert B. Dunbar
      Pages 113-132
    5. D. Mann, J. Chase, J. Edwards, W. Beck, R. Reanier, M. Mass
      Pages 133-153
    6. Lucia Magliulo-Cepriano, Martin P. Schreibman, John T. Tanacredi
      Pages 177-183
  5. Technological Applications to Protect Biological and Cultural Artifacts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Robert A. Hemm, Marcelo Mendez
      Pages 187-194
    3. Richard E. Reanier, Donald P. Ryan
      Pages 207-221
  6. Addendum

    1. John Loret, John T. Tanacredi
      Pages 223-225
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-240

About this book


Easter Island, a World Heritage Site is still, after over 50 years since Thor Heyerdahl's work on the island, a fascinating area to explore and learn about a culture that has only remnants remaining, while documenting a marine ecology still mostly unknown.

Easter Island: Scientific Exploration into the World's Environmental Problems in Microcosm presents the research results from three years of interdisciplinary expeditions to Easter Island. The primary objectives were to investigate the effects of human population growth on the ecology of the island and to discover whether any dramatic climatic changes such as a prolonged El Niño could have disrupted the island's fragile ecosystem. The interdisciplinary scientific team were mainly researching the paleontology, archaeology, climatology, and geophysics of the island. This book now brings together the results of the three expeditions, identifies new areas of research, and hopefully will continue to inspire aspiring scientists to revisit this amazing island to explore and demystify this timeless enigma of human history.


Climatology ITC Isle Southern Oscillation ecology ecosystem marine marine invertebrates vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • John Loret
    • 1
  • John T. Tanacredi
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Science Museum of Long IslandPlandomeUSA
  2. 2.Dowling CollegeOakdaleUSA
  3. 3.American Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4956-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0183-1
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