Nauru

A modern gentleman knows a bit about this tiny island in the south Pacific.

what remains of mining operations on the island

Having exhausted the 8.1-square-mile nation's primary mineral resources in 2006, companies abandoned once-lucrative mining operations.

He is particularly interested in the facts that:

  • the demonym for its 9,322 inhabitants is “Nauruan,” which is a palindrome.
  • the country provides a bleak commentary on the effects of the global economy on even those living in the remotest corners of the world.
  • rich phosphate deposits come from the accumulation of bird droppings over centuries.
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