One of the most remote inhabited locations, Easter Island captivates because of the remnants of the ancient civilization it once housed: moai statues and “ahu” platforms, found predominantly along the island’s coast. Many of these iconic relics are actually tombs for the dead. Because of their placement, these artifacts are jeopardized by rising sea levels. More than just the loss of monuments, it may lead to the damaging of bones and disruption of burial plots. Nicholas Casey and Josh Hane have chronicled the island and its concerns in an interactive story for the New York Times, where you can read more.
The Erosion of Easter Island