Thursday, December 02, 2010
Global Challenge: Where are you Palau?

This is a personal plea to Palau.


The CNN iReport team is on a mission to get photos, video and personal stories from every single country on the planet. And guess what - we're down to just a handful of countries, and Palau is one of the places we're still waiting to hear from.


None of us have ever been there, but by all accounts, Palau is a place of intense beauty and wonder. Palau, a group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, gained its independence in 1994, making it one of the world's youngest sovereign nations. At 190 sq. miles - it's also one of the smallest.


Despite its diminutive size, Palau has been on our collective radar for years. You'll likely recall it was the location of reality TV series Survivor's 10th season - which aired in 2005. And in case you forget - the islands are also referenced by Irish singer Enya in her smash 1988 single "Orinoco Flow."


During WWII, Palau bore witness to one of the Pacific Theater's most intense and bloody fights between Japanese and American forces. Thousands of U.S. Marines and soldiers lost their lives fighting to capture an airstrip on the small coral island of Peleliu.


Today, tourism dominates Palau's industry as tens of thousands of visitors come to explore its diverse marine life and tropical beauty while enjoying Palau's year-round warm climate (Avg. 82 degrees F).


Sounds like paradise, right? But who among you can confirm this?


Seriously Palau - don't be the last country on our list. There's got be interesting stories from Palau - let's hear yours. Add your images and description to our Global Challenge and help us get an iReport from every country in the world.

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December 6, 2010
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Wow, what a beautiful picture! Average 82 degrees while people here in Michigan are looking for snow removal services before they get snowed in!
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