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Sat Jun 16, 2018, 04:24 PM

Venice of the Pacific: The race to save the mysterious Micronesian ruins of Nan Madol

Pacific Beat By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox
Posted 8 minutes ago

PHOTO: The ruins of Nan Madol have only recently been put on the map, helped by a 2016 World Heritage listing.
Wikipedia commons: Jebrennan

Visiting the ruins of Nan Madol in the Federated States of Micronesia is like stepping into an Indiana Jones movie.

Twisted trees sprout from the massive, moss-covered stone columns that form the remains of centuries-old palaces, temples, and tombs.

It is an awe-inspiring place but despite the imposing presence of the ruins, the site is more fragile than it appears.

The man charged with protecting it said he could use Australia's help to preserve it for future generations.

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