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Guano extraction, Chincha Islands, Peru

Guano extraction, Chincha Islands, Peru

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PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION, MIRIAM AND IRA D. WALLACH DIVISION OF ART, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS / NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION, MIRIAM AND IRA D. WALLACH DIVISION OF ART, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS / NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Guano extraction. Men digging at 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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