Nauru

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NAURU is the smallest of the states in Oceania and one of the small­est republics in the world, occupying just over 21 square kilometers or 8 square miles in the central Pacific.

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Formerly called Pleasant Island, it is a coral island with a population of around 11,000. The majority of the population lives along a narrow coastal belt of fertile land where the main I crops are pineapples, bananas and coconuts. The climate is tropical with, a high and irregular rainfall.

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The country is rich due entirely to the deposits of high-quality phosphate rock in the central plateau, which sold for fertilizer to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea.

Phosphate deposits are likely exhausted shortly but the government is investing overseas and attempting to diversify to ensure the economic future of the country.

Since around 80 percent of the land will be uninhabitable once the mines are exhausted, considerable rehabilitation will be required.

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