27 07 south, 109 22 west

163.6 sq km 
63.1 sq mi 


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"No Nation will ever contend for the honour of the discovery of Easter Island as there is hardly an Island in this sea which affords less refreshments, and conveniences for Shiping than it does. Nature has hardly provided it with any thing fit for man to eat or drink, and as the Natives are but few and may be supposed to plant no more than sufficient for themselves, they cannot have much to spare to new comers.........Captain James Cook, 1774


Out of the Depths of Ancient Rapa Nui, comes G O N D W A N A, click to see the funny cartoon collage printed in The Onion press.......

Gondwana1 Gondwana2 Gondwana3 Gondwana4


The Orangina Story..... (my adventure continues......)


Films:  (I've tried my best to post my videos here, but the server on this system is just not the best, so please visit my video page on myspace for all of my videos (Rapa Nui and more) and YouTube which required me to break the film into four parts, enjoy!!!)


Coral & Lake coring short film  2005

coring Rano Kao  2005

RKE08 (Rano Kao Expedition 2008)

RKE08 part one

RKE08 part two

RKE08 part three

RKE08 part four




PSU Prospectus Approval January 30, 2008

PhD Research    preliminary report 5 May 2005


March 2008

Mission Objective: To core the floating mat at Rano Kao

Rano Kao Expedition

March 17-29, 2008

See Summary under Reports

ICD (core description sheets)

core 1,   core 2,   core 3,    core 4

more photos at www.myspace.com/gossen



Sept 2007

Currently working on pollen analysis of 90 samples spaced at 10cm intervals with Prof. Ed Cushing, in the Dept. of Ecology, St. Paul Campus, Univ. of Minn.

Pollen Analysis

University of Minnesota

St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota


Background and Objective: still in progress


2006 - 2007

45 lake sediment samples (20cm intervals of 9 meters of core) are processed by Prof. Brent Wolfe

Cellulose Isotopes

NSERC/Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Background and Objective;


2006 - 2007

new radiocarbon dates processed alongside Tom Guilderson, LLNL


Radiocarbon dating

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories

California, USA

Background and Objective:



summer 2005

Pollen prep

Massey University

Palmerston North, New Zealand



April 2005

Core scanning and archiving

Lacustrine Research Center

Minneapolis, Minnesota



Rano Kao

quicktime movie

2mb         4mb

Coral & Lake coring short film

quicktime movie 100mb


Lake Coring

Rapa Nui (Isla de Pascua, Easter Island) South Pacific


Coring photos

March 2005

Rano Raraku


Published Papers:

The Mystery Lies in the Scirpus, Rapa Nui Journal, Fall Issue October 2007


ISES/ASES World Conference August 2005 - paper co-authored Candace Gossen and Chris Stevenson

Prehistoric Solar Innovation and Water Management on Rapa Nui




Society of Woman Geographers Proposal 2008

same as Prospectus Proposal Above


NSF Grant Proposal 2004




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Letters of Support







Rapa Nui Art donated to the Sebastian Englert Museum March 2005

RNArt1 RNArt2 RNArt3 RNArt4
RNArt5 RNArt6 RNArt7 Moai





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The diving team