Banaba

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Banaba

(bənä`bə) or

Ocean Island,

island (1990 pop. 284), 2.2 sq mi (5.7 sq km), central Pacific, in the Republic of KiribatiKiribati
, officially Republic of Kiribati (2005 est. pop. 103,000), 342 sq mi (886 sq km), consisting of 33 islands scattered across 2,400 mi (3,860 km) of the Pacific Ocean near the equator.
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, in the Gilbert Islands. The island was first visited by the British in 1804, was annexed in 1900, and from 1907 was the administrative capital of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands until World War II. The inhabitants are largely Micronesians. Banaba had important phosphate deposits, but mining was discontinued in 1979.

Banaba

an island in the SW Pacific, in the Republic of Kiribati. Phosphates were mined by Britain (1900--79). Area: about 5 sq. km (2 sq. miles). Pop.: 284 (1990)