Tongatapu


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Tongatapu

 

(or Tongatabu), an island in the Pacific Ocean, the largest of the Tonga islands. Area, 257 sq km. Population, about 48,000 (1967). Tongatapu is composed of coral limestone. Its maximum altitude is 61 m. The island has a tropical trade-wind climate. There are coconut palm, banana, and citrus plantations. Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tonga, is situated on Tongatapu. Tongatapu was discovered in 1643 by A. Tasman.

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It made landfall on the south coast of the main island of Tongatapu, dumping 160 mm of rain, bringing down electricity lines and damaging agricultural fields, according to the Guardian.
The study was conducted at the Ministry of Fisheries, Aquaculture facility in Sopu, on the island of Tongatapu, Tonga (21[degrees]07'21" S, 175[degrees]13'36" W).
Project Description : The project aims to contribute to the stable supply of energy in Tonga by developing a wind power generation system and a grid stabilization system on Tongatapu, promoting the utilization of renewable energy and diversifying power supply sources.
However, carefully planned and executed introductions into beetle populations onto Tongatapu and certain islands of Fiji resulted in an epizootic and corresponding decline in the beetle populations (Young 1974; Bedford 1976).
As well as an intense training camp in Tongatapu their schedule has included a series of community visits, the Ikale Tahi attending Vaiola Hospital, the Ofa-Tui-Amanaki Centre for Special Education and Hu'atolitoli Prison.
Fiji Airways, Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue have all canceled their flights to Tonga, as the volcanic ash and smoke which were continuing from an undersea vent spread over hundreds of kilometers in the atmosphere above the Tongatapu region of Tonga, local news website Matangi Tonga Online reported.
After successfully completing secondary school at Queen Salote College in Tongatapu (where her name appears on the honours' board), she trained as a general nurse in Tonga.
This involved face-to-face communications with dozens of vendors around Tongatapu Island.
Tonga's territory consists of three main island groups (Niua, Vavau, and Tongatapu groups) and the territorial waters around these islands.
During the first major archaeological research programme in Samoa in the 1960s, no evidence of Lapita settlement was found, in contrast to Tongatapu (Poulsen 1967, 1987) and Viti Levu (Birks 1973).
0 mm SL, Tongatapu, Tonga, from the aquarium trade, June 2007.