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Stunning Pictures from Easter Island

By Chaney Kwak
August 1, 2013; 8:54 AM ET

Touted to be the "navel of the world," the minuscule island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, harbors dramatic coastlines and mysterious stone moai that amaze the visitors who venture to the one of the most remote human settlements in the world. Chaney Kwak spent a week capturing gorgeous images around Easter Island.

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Photo by Chaney Kwak

Dawn breaks over Ahu Tongariki, the largest of the ahu at over 650 feet wide. Ahu, or stone platforms holding up the moai statues, remain "tapu," or sacred and forbidden.

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Photo by Chaney Kwak

The enigmatic moai, carved between 13th and 17th centuries, are engineering marvels. It remains uncertain how the stone statues, which weigh up to 95 tons, were transported across the mountainous terrains. A local legend says they walked.

Photo by Chaney Kwak

A powerful tsunami in 1960 swept away Ahu Tongariki's 15 moai. They were restored to their current place in the 90s.

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