Destruction by Phosphate Mining

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


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Google satellite view of devastated Banaba today  

 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.



















Buakonikai village 1932 before mining


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.

























The environmental disaster left from phosphate mining - 1969















Phosphate mining in progress -

 circa 1920s



Phosphate mining in progress - circa 1900s





BPC escalated mining in the 1970s while the Banabans took fought for justice in British Courts



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