American Samoa

Fagaalu Bay

Fagaalu Bay in American Samoa, which is located in the South Pacific. (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Wendling)

Turquoise seas filled with exotic fish, moonlit beaches, mountainsides blanketed with tropical rain forests … typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis … invasive species, contaminated water, soil erosion … these descriptions are all wildly different, except that they aren’t talking about different places. All of this imagery describes the same region deep in the South Pacific: the U.S. territory of American Samoa.

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