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Today, we began coring Rano Raraku, the crater lake around which almost all the moai were carved. Rano Raraku has been cored more than any other lake on the island, partly due to interest in the statues and partly because it yields beautiful sediment cores. Most of all, access is easy.

For us, Rano Raraku meant a contrast from working in the open on a floating vegetation mat. We were cooped up on a very small raft for the entire day. Today's photo shows a silhouette of David efficiently operating the corer. In the background, you can see the open 9-10m core and 9m of core neatly stacked in boxes.

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