The Find815 game has encouraged some extra credit assignments for us, when it comes to studying up on mysterious geography. Information uncovered by Lost fans has turned up some great educational sites on islands, atolls, and various undersea geological formations. It all brings to mind a particularly strange island, that's always been one of my favorites (because I'm a big Thor Heyerdahl and Tiki statue fan) -- Rapa Nui, or Easter Island.
It's thought that Rapa Nui was fully vegetated at one time and able to support its varied living creatures, just like LOST island. But intense deforestation and the eventual erosion from it scarred the island. All that was left standing tall on the island after that were the many monolithic Moai statues. There are a few general theories as to how that came about. The complete downfall of the island is grisly, including suspected cannibalism when the island environment could not sustain food production for inhabitants any longer. But that doesn't detract from the draw of the mysterious statues, structures, and petroglyphs that lure tourists there regularly.
So this leads to what I'm wondering about LOST island. Will the worst case scenario for our island, if the New Hostiles have their way, be similar to that of Rapa Nui? Ben claims that total destruction is on its way. If the show stayed on the air for 10 seasons, would we get to see cannibalism there too? Ben obviously knows something about what their evil intentions for the island are, according to the shreds of info that he yelled at Jack (i.e., LOST viewers) in the S3 finale. Aside from upsetting Jacob's personal island paradise, will they end up completely stripping our island of all its resources in addition to exploiting the natural powers there? Or after the initial abuse (if the world isn't sucked into a black hole by then), the island might be run over with the inevitable tourist trade, full of people that want to obtain magical healing, visit the Jacobland Amusement Park, and get thrills on the anti-gravitational or wormhole rides! Hey, that sounds pretty good, maybe I do want the freighter guys to win!