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The Mysterious Easter Island Heads

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Easter Island covers about 64 square miles in the Pacific Ocean. It is a part of Chile, located 2,300 miles off the coast. Nearly 900 stone structures sit on the island, standing at an average height of 13 feet and weighing roughly 13 tons each. It's a mystery how these statues were carved and erected.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. A single statue on Easter Island could have taken an average of two years to carve. 00:01

  2. The Easter Island statues were likely carved laying down, the carvers chipping away the area on the back of the statues until they were resting on stone supports. 00:56

  3. About one third of the one thousand statues on Easter Island made it to the coast. 03:03

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