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Ta’u may be the largest island within the Manu’a Group and also the easternmost volcanic island from the Samoan Islands. Ta’u belongs to American Samoa. In early 1800s, the area was sometimes known as Opoun.

Ta’u established fact because the site in which the American anthropologist Margaret Mead conducted her dissertation research in Samoa within the 1920s, where she printed her findings in Transitional phase in Samoa. Ta’u can also be the place to find the greatest mountain in American Samoa, Mount Lata. It hosts 21 square kilometers (8.3 sq mi) of Park lands and three.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi) of waters separated by a few of the tallest ocean coves on the planet.

Around the western coast of Ta’u would be the conterminous villages of Luma and Siufaga, generally jointly known as Ta’u village. The village of Ta’u continues to be named the main city from the Manu’a Islands. Fitiuta is yet another Ta’u village, on the northeast side from the island.

The area may be the eroded remnant of the hotspot shield volcano having a caldera complex or collapse feature (Liu Bench) around the south face. The summit from the island, known as Lata Mountain, reaches an elevation of 931 m (3,054 ft), which makes it the greatest reason for American Samoa. The final known volcanic eruption within the Manu’a Islands is at 1866, around the submarine ridge that extends west-northwest towards nearby Ofu-Olosega.

The biggest airport terminal within the Manu’a Islands is around the northeast corner of Ta’u at Fiti’uta. There’s additionally a private airport terminal. A ship harbor is situated at Faleasao in the northwestern corner from the island. A roadway across the north coast connects all the several lived on villages between Ta’u around the west and Fiti’uta.

All the southeastern 1 / 2 of Ta’u—including all the rainforest on the top of Lata Mountain and inside the caldera—the southern shoreline, and connected barrier reefs are members of the nation’s Park of yankee Samoa. The park includes the traditional, sacred site of Saua, regarded as the birthplace from the Polynesian people.

Administratively, the area is split into three counties: Faleasao County, Fitiuta County, and Ta’u County. Together with Ofu and Olosega islands, Ta’u Island comprises the Manua District of yankee Samoa. The land section of Ta’u Island is 44.31 km2 (17.11 sq mi) also it were built with a population of 873 persons by the 2000 census as well as 790 persons within the 2010 census.

In 2000, a subsea volcano 48 km (30 mi) from Ta’u Island is discovered by scientists. Rockne Volcano has created an underwater mountain that is 4,300 m (14,000 ft) tall. Its peak is 5,500 m (18,000 ft) underneath the sea surface.

Ta’u is how the 23-year-old anthropologist Margaret Mead conducted her dissertation research in Samoa within the 1920s, printed in 1928 as Transitional phase in Samoa. In her own work, she studied adolescent teenage women and compared their experience to individuals of Western societies. She figured that adolescence would be a smooth transition, not marked through the emotional or mental distress, anxiety, or confusion observed in the U . s . States.

Until 2016, as being a small , isolated island, the area trusted pricey and polluting diesel generators to provide electricity. However, with the making of a solar array, battery storage system, and microgrid, the island’s power relies almost 100% in the sun.

The solar array was built by SolarCity and today includes 60 Tesla Powerpacks.

The machine ought to be a far more reliable energy source and is built to power the whole island for 3 days without sunlight and fully recharge in seven hrs.