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At the end of the phosphate exploitation of Makatea in 1966, the island became an industrial wasteland, unique in Polynesia, with 30% of its surface dug out by excavations. The few local employees resumed their previous kaveu hunting and farming activities in the coastal plain of Moumu. The others returned to their home island or settled in Tahiti thanks to the money earned from the CFPO.
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