Why Did Easter Island's Civilization Collapse?

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When the first Europeans landed on Rapa Nui, which they renamed it Easter Island, they were puzzled by what happened there. Only a few thousand people lived there but there were signs of a massive civilization that once flourished. What happened there?

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