Location of American Samoa National Park
Location of American Samoa National Park
 
 
White sand beaches of American Samoa
White sand beaches of American Samoa
 
 
The coral reef found in the American Samoa
The coral reef found in the American Samoa
 
 
Sea turtles live in the waters of the park.
Sea turtles live in the waters of the park.
 
 
A Somoan flying fox bat hanging upside down
A Somoan flying fox bat hanging upside down
 
 
Snorkeling is a favorite sport in the park.
Snorkeling is a favorite sport in the park.
 
 
A beautiful butterfly fish
A beautiful butterfly fish
 
American Samoa <br>National Park
Topic(s):   National Parks (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Name National Park of American Samoa
Size 13,500 acres
Opened 1988
Created by President Ronald Reagan
Location American Samoa

The National Park of American Samoa is made up of three volcanic islands. The park started from a hot spot in the earth’s crust. The lava flowed and built the islands. Some of the volcanoes are still growing. The volcanoes made mounds three miles (1.8 kilometers) deep into the ocean floor! Steep cliffs formed when parts of the volcanoes broke off. Coral reefs surround the islands.

The National Park of American Samoa is mostly rainforest. There are nearly 500 flowering plants in the park. Ferns grow to the size of trees from the forest floor. Fungi love the warm moist climate. Hardwood trees stand straight and tall. Coconut palms love the park, too. The park protects tropical rainforests.

The National Park of American Samoa has two kinds of bats. One is called the Samoan flying fox. The other one is the white-collared flying fox. Both have wingspans of three feet (one meter). They love to eat the fruit in the rainforest. There are 35 species of birds. Sea turtles swim in the waters. Coral grows near the beaches. Hundreds of fish share the water in the reef. The bats and coral are protected in the park.

This national park is the southernmost American national park. White beaches surround the islands. People love the tropical beaches. Small villages of Samoan people welcome visitors. Snorkeling around the coral is a popular activity. Scuba divers love the many kinds of fish and coral. The sacred site of Saua tells about Polynesian settlements in the Pacific.

Resource information

Murray, John A. (2000). America's National Parks. China: Publications International, Ltd.

National Park of American Samoa | MapQuest National Parks. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://parks.mapquest.com/national-parks/national-park-of-american-samoa/

National parks of North America: Canada, United States, Mexico. (1995). Washington, D.C.: The Society.

Uhler, John William (1995 - 2007). Hillclimb Media. Retrieved, December 9, 2013from http://www.us-national-parks.net

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