Carl N. McDaniel
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Beach and intertidal zone with coral pinnacles.

 

Buada Lagoon residential area that has not been mined.

 

Native vegetation on the hillside leading up to Topside, the center 80% of the island where phosphate is mined.

 

Tomano tree (Callophyllum inophyllum) ecosystem, the predominate ecosystem on Topside before mining.

 

A picture of the piece of “petrified wood” picked up on Nauru in 1896 that turned out to be the richest phosphate ore ever assayed in 1900.

 

Foreground shows the coral pinnacles that are left after the removal of phosphate ore. Background shows native vegetation, a thin soil layer, and phosphate ore between coral pinnacles.

 

Recently mined area on Topside with power grapple that is used to remove phosphate ore from between coral pinnacles.

 

Close-up of coral pinnacles in a recently mined area.

 

Foreground shows regrowth in an area on Topside that was mined a decade or two earlier. Background shows recently mined area.

 

Oxidized coral pinnacles in an area that was mined about 40 years earlier.

 

Looking across Nauru Island form an area on the western side of Topside that was mined about 70 years earlier.

 

Ship being loaded with phosphate for export.

 

Carl N. McDaniel, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Rensselaer Polytecnic Institute
Science Center 2C38
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590
518.276.8421
mcdanc@rpi.edu