Palau

By Hailea Howard

Landforms

  • They have watersheds such as Ngerbekuu, Diongradid, Ngerikiil, Ngerdorch, and Ngeremeduu.
  • Lakes include Ngardok and the Ngergall Pond
  • Rivers are Ngerdorch and Ngeremeskang

Climate

Climate is tropical with lots of rain and thunderstorms

Animals and Plants

  • Animals include various corals, sea turtles, dugongs, sea cows, and anemones.
  • Plants are sweet potatoes, cassavas, papayas, coconuts, bananas, and citrus fruits.

History

  • Pope Leo XIII obtained Palau for Spain in 1885.
  • In 1899 Spain sold it to Germany.
  • After WW1 the islands were obtained by Japan.

People and Languages

  • Population totals to 18,400.
  • Minorities include Fillipino, Chinese, and Micronesian.
  • The two official languages of Palauan and English

Land Use

  • Arable land: 8.7%
  • Permanent crops: 4.35%
  • Any land not used for crops is used for houses, roads, and manufacturing.

Natural Resources

•Forests • Gold • Petroleum

• Hydropower • Other Minerals • Marine Products

• These products provide their economy with more money and can help raise their GDP.

Religion and Education

  • 23.3% are Protestant
  • 41.6% are Roman Catholic
  • They have primary schooling, secondary schooling, and tertiary schooling, which totals to 15 years for females and 14 years for males.

Issues

They have issues with sewage, volcanic activity, and earthquakes.


Traditions, Customs, and Food

  • Elders are served with special ceremonial drinks made from coconut sap
  • They have special parties to celebrate the birth of a womans first child
  • If you are walking down the street and you see a party going on you can walk right in
  • If you refuse a gift it is considered and insult
  • Spitting on school grounds is illegal
  • Everyone helps eachother even the governer
  • They eat grains like rice, tapioca, and taro
  • Their most popular protein is fish