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The collapse of the society of Easter Island
The collapse of the society of Easter Island can be explained by different hypotheses. Some of
the most used hypotheses are ecocide, rat outbreak and climate change.
The ecocide hypotheses
According to the hypotheses, the collapse of the society of Easter Island was majorly contributed
by the overexploitation of the limited environment by the islanders themselves. The theory states
that the islanders massively deforested the island for agricultural purposes and to use the trees to
transport the moai. Some of the early studies even suggested that the islanders ate themselves
resulting into the eventual depletion of the population. One of the evidences of ecocide is the

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