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Paleoecologist Candace Gossen will present Deforestation, Drought and Humans: New Discoveries on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 4:00pm

Paleoecologist Candace Gossen will present Deforestation, Drought and Humans: New Discoveries on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Portland State's First Thursday Archaeology Lecture Series
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 296
May 6th, 4 p.m.

Candace Gossen attempts to discover the natural history of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, the most remote landmass on this planet.

What was the biodiversity of the island?
When did people arrive and from where?
Why was so much human effort expended to construct the 1000 massive Moai statues?
What happened to the sixteen million palm trees?
Did people cut the last tree to move the statues built on the island?
Or was climate change responsible?
Is the rest of the world headed toward the same deconstruction as this tiny island?

View stunning photos of Easter Island as a small expedition climbs down into the volcanic crater, walk on mats of plants floating on the crater lake and use core sediments and fossil pollen to find answers to many of these questions. Come and hear all the amazing adventures, and soon to be published findings that Candace has discovered during her recreation of 15,000 years of ecology of Easter Island.

For more information please email Wendy Ann Wright<wendyannwright@gmail.com>or call 503.853.0595.