Q:

What is Chile famous for?

A:

Chile is most famous for Easter Island. Easter Island is located thousands of miles off the mainland. It is known for its moai, which are large stone statues of heads.

Because it is so remote, and because there is very little documented about the island's history, Easter Island is still somewhat of a mystery to historians and archaeologists. The population of the island never exceeded 10,000, and depletion of natural resources once caused the population to drop to 100. Today, the population of the island is steady at around 3,000 people. The history of the island is further complicated by the fact that the native inhabitants are not quite sure how they got there or why. Some legends describe a Polynesian ancestor as the first to settle on the island. Other legends credit the ancestry of the native people to South Americans. Most people who travel to the island do so to see the moai, which are large human statues carved from stone. The average moai weighs 14 tons and stands 13 feet high. Not all of the statues are completed, and the significance of the statues and why so many of them were carved remain unclear. It is believed that the statues were very important to the people, because the depletion of the island's resources are attributed to the creation of the statues. Easter Island is also known as Rapa Nui National Park.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What kind of economy does Chile have?

    A:

    Although Chile is classified as a developing nation, it has a strong economy that is classified as a high-income economy with strong currency and one of the overall strongest economies in South America. However, Chile does have a major problem with income inequality and unemployment, with the wealthy in the country being rather well-off, while major poverty remains an issue despite the success of upper classes. Chile has a wide range of natural resources that serve as major assets in the nation's economy, including mineral resources such as copper.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some interesting facts about Easter Island?

    A:

    Easter Island is comprised of three extinct volcanoes: Terevaka, Poike and Rano Kau. The island is regarded as a fascinating destination because of the massive statutes situated throughout the islands and the mysterious disappearance of the island’s earliest inhabitants.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where is Patagonia?

    A:

    Patagonia is located at the southern end of South America in an area made up of land shared by Chile and Argentina. It is a very geographically diverse region, including two ocean coastlines, the southern section of the Andes mountains, deserts, steppes and grasslands.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some fun Atacama desert facts?

    A:

    The Atacama desert, one of the driest places on Earth, is a desert in South America that stretches about 600 miles from Peru into Chile. On average, the desert receives less than .004 inches of rain per year, which amounts to 4 inches of rain every 1,000 years.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore