Rano Raraku (2 of 3)

With the benefits of good access and additional help, we were pleased to finish off our coring here in only two days. Here you can see our coring raft on the lake.One of the most remarkable aspects of the crater (after the moai of course) is the rapidly eroding red soils. The red soils are diagnostic of volcanic terrains in the tropic and subtropics. The erosion here is interesting, because it is relatively rare to see such pronounced erosion on the island -- despite the reputation Easter Island has for erosion, I remain unconvinced the problem is as serious as in many other parts of the world. In Rano Raraku however, I'm amazed by he energetic herds of wild horses with dust flying behind them. They must be both drawn and energized by the water source. As Mark puts it, they are "just horsing around."

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