List of described attractions
|Moqua Caves and Moqua Well||Caves|
Nauru - map
A cave in Nauru, 1917. It is possible that this is Moqua Cave.
TJ McMahon, Wikimedia Commons / public domain.
One of the most important local sources of freshwater in the small island of Nauru is Moqua Well - a small subterranean lake in the largest caves on island - Moqua Caves.
Nauru from above.
U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program, Wikimedia Commons / public domain
Nauru is a raised dolomitic limestone atoll. Most of its surface contained a rock rich with phosphatic fertilizers – and the island has experienced mining operations of grand scale, changing the landscape and environment.
Island is not rich with landmarks. One of most interesting ones is Moqua Caves (Makwa Cave) in Yaren. In this cave is also Moqua Well – a 0.2 ha large underground lake – an important source of freshwater.
At the island, 30 m below the sea level is another cave, named simply – The Cave. This is beloved dive site.
Island is rich also with interesting, up to 20 m tall limestone pinnacles – typical karst feature.
Little known and unexplored are the burial caves of Nauru. One possible example of such caves is Ewa Cave in the north-west of the island, where human bones still can be found. Some burial caves most likely have been lost due to the phosphate mining in the central part of the island.