Mound of guano, Chincha Islands, Peru

Mound of guano, Chincha Islands, Peru

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Credit: Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mound of guano. View of the Great Heap - a huge 2,000,000 tonne heap of guano on the Chincha Islands, Peru. Guano is the excrement of birds or cave-dwelling bats. It is a highly effective manure and fertiliser. The Chincha Islands were of interest for their extensive guano deposits, but the supplies were mostly exhausted by 1874. Photographed in 1865.

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