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Wonders of American Samoa
American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of United States. This small island country offers breathtaking scenery and interesting natural and archaeological landmarks.
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Top 17 wonders of American Samoa
Pola Island (Cockscomb)
Small, narrow (max 130 m), elongated island with up to 100 m tall cliffs.
Spectacular, intermittent waterfall with four cascades, 13.7 to 131 m (third cascade) tall. Total height exceeds 200 m. After the fall the stream flows for a short distance through a spectacular canyon with more than 100 m tall vertical cliffs.
Natural arch in north-east of Aunu’u
Natural arch with a slanted form, shaped by the sea waves.
Interesting coastal formation that makes spectacular splashes of the ocean waves.
Pala Mud Lake
Dangerous red colored mud (mostly inundated). According to local legends people here are pulled to the underworld by lost souls. Lake is full with eels.
Beautiful veiled waterfall in natural jungle.
Vailulu’u Eel City and Moat of Death
A hydrothermal vent in the summit of an enormous submarine volcano rises 4,200 m from the ocean floor. The Nafanue volcanic cone in the center of the 400 m deep caldera contains a group of hydrothermal vents inhabited by numerous eels (Dysommina rugosa). This is unusual – in general vertebrates do not live near hydrothermal vents.
Tau coral colony
One of the largest and oldest known hermatypic (reef-building) coral colonies. The most likely species of this coral is Porites lutea. Colony is 7 m tall, 41 m in circumference, and healthy. The colony may contain some 200 million polyps. The colony might be more than 800 years old.
A small cave, the only known natural deposit of prehistoric vertebrates in American Samoa. Here have been found remnants of reptiles and birds who lived on the island 900 BC or later – most of them live here also today. It seems that by this time human presence already formed the present faunal composition in Samoa.
Tafuna star mounds
In total on Tutuila island are known more than 80 star mounds (tia ‘ave) – possible pigeon snaring facilities. Tafuna plain contains several such mounds, due to their proximity to inhabited centers they are the best known on the island. Their age is unknown.
Prehistoric basalt quarry. Stone tools from here are spread to the far Pacific islands. Large basalt grindstones – stones with deep hollows – are found near the quarry, towards the Vailotai. Fortified by earthworks and natural cliffs.
Ancient raised footpath along the sea, built of stone. Around Saua are found numerous archaeological monuments.
To’aga ancient settlement
Remnants of an ancient settlement that was continuously inhabited for 3000 years. Here are found also remnants of Lapita ceramics that were created in 1700 – 1300 BC.
Papaloa petroglyphs (Leone)
A group of 67 prehistoric petroglyphs, mainly rings of small holes, but also a drawing of a turtle and octopus.
Two prehistoric petroglyphs – a king of fishhook with a ring of small holes and a group of small holes.
Zion Church in Leone
A magnificent church, built in 1900 on the site where a missionary John Williams landed in 1832. Church has a beautifully carved ceiling.
Atauloma Girls School
A historical building that was constructed in 1900. Locals avoid it out of fear of ghosts.
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