Coral Pinnacles on Topside. The smoke in the distance comes from the Phosphate Plant, processing Phosphate...The area known as "Topside" is the central plateau where all the Phosphate strip mining takes place. It is exploited by a government-owned company known as the Republic of Nauru Phosphate, or RONPhos. Although the initial layer of phosphate has been mined out (approximately 100 million tons), a secondary level of phosphate is now being mined, holding nearly 20 million tons of...
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