The corals and coral reefs of Easter Island—a preliminary look
Easter Island sits in geographic isolation in the southern Pacific Ocean at latitude 27° 8’ S and longitude 109°20’ W, nearly 4500 km west of Chile (Fig. 1). It is a small island near the western end of a chain of volcanoes that are related to hot-spot activity dating beyond 3.5 million years before present. The small island of Sala y Gomez to the east and a series of submerged platforms are an extension of a volcanic lineament along the edge of the Nazca Plate (Kruse, et al., 1997; Newman and Foster, 1983.
Hubbard, Dennis K., and Michel Garcia. "The corals and coral reefs of Easter Island—a preliminary look." In Easter Island, edited by John Loret and John T. Tanacredi, 53-77. New York: Springer, 2003.