Books Terry Hunt Books by Terry Hunt Terry Hunt has written books about: Nonfiction History & Society Science & Health Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Terry Hunt Robert Krulwich/NPR Krulwich Wonders... What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario December 10, 2013 Whatever happened on Easter Island, it wasn't good. Polynesians landed there, farmed, thrived, built their famous statues, and then things went very bad, very fast. Sixteen million trees vanished. What happened? Was this a case of ecological collapse? Not exactly, say two anthropologists. It was, arguably, worse than that.