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Mystery of Easter Island Preview

Preview: Season 39 Episode 14 | 30s | Video has closed captioning.

A remote, bleak speck of rock in the middle of the Pacific, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has mystified the world ever since the first Europeans arrived in 1722. How and why did the ancient islanders build and move nearly 900 giant statues or moai, weighing up to 86 tons? And how did they transform a presumed paradise into a treeless wasteland, bringing ruin upon their island and themselves?

Aired: 09/19/12

Rating: NR

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