DESTRUCTION BY PHOSPHATE MINING

Mined out Te Aka site Banaba
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Buakonikai Village Banaba 1932

The destruction on the edge of Te Aka sacred village site on Banaba 1960s

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Buakonikai Village

The Banaban village of Buakonikai was situated on the lush central plateau and supplied the Banabans with an abundance of food trees.

This photograph was taken of the village in 1932 before mining began.

Banaba 10 years before mining ceased in

Mining 'topside' Buakonikai Village, Banaba 1968 

This is the devastation left by Phosphate mining on Banaba, and shows the stark pinnacles left after mining is finished. At Buakonikai the depth of mining went down to 80 feet. Today from an original island consisting of 1,500 acres, only 150 acres around the shoreline remains unmined. The rest of the island, as seen in this photo is left barren and uninhabitable.

Phosphate mining on Banaba early 1920s

Mining early 1920s

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Mining 1910s

Phosphate mining on Banaba 1970s

Mining 1970s while the UK Court Case was underway surrounding sacred 'Te Aka' village site