7 wonders of the world that may soon be underwater

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1) THE MOAI OF EASTER ISLAND

The Moai of Easter IslandEven if you don’t know the local name of these giant stone heads, you’ve probably seen them (or a plastic version of them) on TV or at a friend’s vaguely tropical cocktail party.

The 2,000-year-old faces were built by the Polynesian peoples who originally settled the island, which they called Rapa Nui.

But the effects of climate change — notably, sea-level rise and coastal erosion — are already in progress on the tiny, remote island.

Huge, violent waves buffet the ancient statues, damaging their stone bases. If they get too damaged, they could topple over.

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