Landmarks of Nauru

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Nauru from above
Nauru from above / U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program, / public domain

Most interesting landmarks of Nauru

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 – an underground lake (0.2 ha) – 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 landmarks of Nauru are the burial caves. 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.

Described landmarks of Nauru

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Moqua Caves and Moqua Well: -0.546730, 166.920911

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.

Featured: Moqua Caves and Moqua Well

A cave in Nauru, 1917. It is possible that this is Moqua Cave
A cave in Nauru, 1917. It is possible that this is Moqua Cave / TJ McMahon, / 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.

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