Penguin Poop and the Guano Island Act

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Penguin Poop, viewable via satellite

 

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Penguins expel waste in a dramatic fashion

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Forgotten Kingdom: The Bird-Shit Island – Beachcombing’s Bizarre …

Jan 20, 2013 – Nauru is a small island (about eight square miles) half way between … And second that the bird droppings can be mined as phosphates, which …

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How an Old Bird Poop Law Can Help You Claim an Island | Mental Floss

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Aug 12, 2015 – Avian excrement was big business at the time. For at least 1500 years, South American farmers had used dried seafowl feces, which the Quechua and later the Spanish called “guano,” as a fertilizer. … So, naturally, Peru was a big player in the international guano market.

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Bird Droppings Led to US Possession of Newly Protected Pacific Islands

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Sep 28, 2014 – Bird Droppings Led to U.S. Possession of Newly Protected Pacific Islands. A 19th-century quest for natural fertilizer, bird guano, led to the world’s largest marine reserve. … Blame it on “guano mania.”

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Guano – Wikipedia

Guano is the accumulated excrement of seabirds, seals, or cave-dwelling bats. As a manure … During the twentieth century, guano-producing birds became an important target of conservation programs and … High-grade rock phosphate deposits on Nauru, Banaba Island, Christmas Island (Indian Ocean), and other raised …

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Guano Islands Act – Wikipedia

The Guano Islands Act is United States federal law passed by the U.S. Congress that enables citizens of the United States to take possession of unclaimed …

 

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