Ta'u

Photo of this volcano
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 14.23°S
  • 169.454°W

  • 931 m
    3054 ft

  • 244001
  • Latitude
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  • Summit
    Elevation

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The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Ta'u.

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The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Ta'u. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Ta'u page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

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Photo Gallery


Steep wave-washed sea cliffs ring the rectangular, 6 x 10 km Ta'u Island, located at the eastern end of the Samoan islands. The 931-m-high island is the exposed portion of the large Lata shield volcano. Collapse and landsliding of the southern portion of the basaltic shield volcano have left an arcuate, south-facing embayment (bottom) with a steep headwall. A tuff-cone complex is partially visible at the extreme NW tip of the island (top). The historic village of Fitiiuta lies at the NE tip of the island (far right).

NASA Space Shuttle image ISS002-E-9892, 2001 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).
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Sheer, forested cliffs form the southern side of Ta'u Island. Collapse of the massive shield volcano formed a large arcuate depression open to the south. The rectangular, 6 x 10 km Ta'u Island, located at the eastern end of the Samoan Islands, is the emergent portion of the large Lata shield volcano. Numerous Holocene post-caldera cones occur at the summit and flanks of the Lata shield volcano.

Photo by John Brooks, 1992 (U. S. National Park Service).
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


There are no samples for Ta'u in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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