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August 4, 2023 — Eastern end of Tutuila and Aunuʻu islands in American Samoa

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The view looks south along the basalt cliffs and beaches at Tula point on the eastern end of Tutuila Island, American Samoa. Tutuila Island is a shield volcano, formed by basalt flows that are 1-1.5 million years old. The island in the background is Aunuʻu, which is a tuff cone that is part of Tutuila Island's volcano, and current geologic investigations are underway to better understand when and how it formed. USGS photo by D. Downs.


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