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Today’s Reads (May 20)

Posted by intellisg on May 20, 2007

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Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile – A Lesson in the Extinction Game (Travelogue)

Posted by intellisg on May 20, 2007

easter1.jpgA few minutes before the Chilean turbo prop pitches and thumps violently onto the landing strip of Mataveri airport. The pilot warns us all that it’s usual to expect rough turbulence during the approach. He claims it’s the high winds that blows in from the South this time of the year. We don’t believe him – the starboard engine sounds funny and all the stewardess have been avoiding eye contact throughout the flight. The curtains are drawn, we cross our fingers – actually, I am not too bothered about the landing. Mataveri airport has one of the most advanced landing strips in the world, smoothed over and lengthened by nearly 315 meters, it’s an emergency landing site for the American space shuttle just in case they miscalculate the re-entry.

I am reminded the Americans don’t go to extraordinary lengths just to set up one of the most sophisticated runways in the middle of nowhere – au contraire, but they do and its because, Easter Island holds the title in the Guiness Books of Records as being;

“The most remote place on this planet!”

Just slightly over 163.22 square miles, it’s smack in-the-middle-of-nowhere in the Pacific, 2,000 miles off the west coast of South America and 1,250 miles from the nearest inhabitable land called Pitcairn Island Read the rest of this entry »

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