• Fa'asamoa

    National Park of American Samoa

    American Samoa

Nature & Science

Brown booby, "fua'o" in flight
Brown booby, "fua'o" in flight.
NPS
 
Plant Inventory Natural History Guide to the Parks

Overview

The Samoan Archipelago is a typical Pacific Ocean Volcanic Island arc. As the Pacific Ocean plate moves across a stationary hot spot (a place where molten rock from the Earth's mantle pierces the lithosphere plate) it forms a line of volcanoes, some of which reach the ocean surface to form a string of islands. The National Park of American Samoa is really 'three parks' on three separate islands--Ta'u, Ofu, and Tutuila. The national park is remote and is located in the Southern Hemisphere--near the International Date Line. These web pages offer you an opportunity to appreciate the park's unique culture, biodiversity and scenic beauty, and day-dream of actually visiting Ofu, Olosega, Ta'u, and Tutuila. Plan to spend some time here someday.

The park's Inventory & Monitoring staff compiled a bibliography (with pdf copies) of Environmental Literature of the Samoan Archipelago. View Version 1, 2007 alphabetically by author, or view Version 1, 2007 by subject.

Click here to access the Pacific Islands Parks' Inventory and Monitoring website.
 

Did You Know?

Samoan fruit bats hanging at rest

The are two fruit bat species in American Samoa--the only native mammals. They are important pollinators and seed distributors in the tropical rainforests.