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Phosphate mining and its effects

An interesting example of man's interference with nature by the moonscape appearance of the... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2018
Winston T
Suva, Fiji

The central plateau of Nauru, more usually referred to as "Topside", was the area from which... read more

Reviewed December 17, 2014
John B
Brisbane, Australia
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Jun 27, 2018
“Phosphate mining and its effects”
Dec 17, 2016
“Very Sad But well worth the "scramble"”
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

An interesting example of man's interference with nature by the moonscape appearance of the phosphate mining on a small island. A stark reminder that we must be careful in intervening with fragile environments.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed December 17, 2016

I did this "scramble' with a fantastic young colleague and my boss Andy from Adelaide. It was both enlightening, and really sad. As my father was in WW2, and protective of anyone born later. it was sadly enlightening. Hard walk/climb for about 3 hours over...More

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank kellye1781
Reviewed June 25, 2016

The 'topside' is where the phosphate was mined from, and it is now a strange moonscape of limestone pinacles and scrubby bush. Most of the phosphate was mined years ago, but some attempts is being made to use more modern techniques to get at more...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank EclecticGourmet
Reviewed August 25, 2015

The history of the Japanese prison, the bomber track and WWII history is really intriguing. With a lack of tourist signage you truly feel like the first person since the war ended to venture through this part of the nation.

Date of experience: August 2015
8  Thank Suli and Toa L
Reviewed December 17, 2014

The central plateau of Nauru, more usually referred to as "Topside", was the area from which phosphate has been mined for fertiliser for more than 100 years. Some mining is still going on. The result is a rough wilderness of limestone coral pinnacles that in...More

Date of experience: December 2014
8  Thank John B
Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was the best part about being on Nauru. The scenery there is awesome, a real once in a life time thing. It's rough driving here, but once your there it's pretty cool. I really liked it ! - if you can get onto the...More

Date of experience: August 2013
3  Thank VisionthingNZ
Reviewed September 11, 2013

It was an amasing experience - but quite distressing too. They are destroying the last remaining pristine bush in order to get to the phosphate below - the refugee camps in the far distance. It's not a pleasant place and often not possible to get...More

Date of experience: September 2013
10  Thank LeanneHarrisonNZ
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