Nauru was once the richest nation in the world (on a per capita basis) due to its phosphate mining operations. In recent years the accessible phosphate has dwindled, and combined with fiscal mismanagement, the standard of living on Nauru has likewise plummeted. Most of the population is unemployed and the country relies on foreign aid to survive. One legacy that remains from the phosphate mining is the moonscape of coral pinnacles (up to 15 meters high) that was left behind. These pinnacles cover much of the interior, and you can drive by to view them and the mining operation remnants. It is certainly a bizarre and surreal sight.
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