Toga Island

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Toga
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Map of Toga Island
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Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 13°25′S166°41′E / 13.417°S 166.683°E / -13.417; 166.683 Coordinates: 13°25′S166°41′E / 13.417°S 166.683°E / -13.417; 166.683
Archipelago Vanuatu, Torres Islands
Area18.8 [1]  km2 (7.3 sq mi)
Highest elevation104 m (341 ft)
Highest pointMt Lemeura
Administration
Province Torba Province
Largest settlement Sola
Demographics
Population250 (2012)

Toga(in Lo-Toga Toge [ˈtɔɣ̞ə] ) is an island in the Torres group, within the Torba Province of Vanuatu. [2] [3] [4]

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Geography

Toga Island is the most southern of the Torres Islands. The island's size is 6 km by 4.5 km. The estimated terrain elevation above sea level is 104 meters. [5] Toga is surrounded by a narrow fringing reef quickly dropping off into deep water. The summit of the island is Mt Lemeura (locally Lēmere [ˈlemərə] ) located on the western side of the island. [6] The climate on Toga is humid tropical. The average annual rainfall is about 4000 mm. The island is subject to frequent cyclones and earthquakes.

Population

Toga is the most populated island in the Torres Islands, with about 250 people. They speak the Toga dialect of the Lo-Toga language. The population lives in two villages: Liqal [liˈkʷal] and Litew [liˈtəw] . An ancient village, now abandoned, was called Qururetaqō [kʷurʉrətakʷo] .

Fauna

Barn owls are known to live in the area. Many samples of the owl's bones were found in a cave in Toga, which were reviewed by scientists. Their pray were geckos and rats. [7]

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Torres Islands

The Torres Islands are in the Torba Province of the country of Vanuatu, and is that country’s the northernmost island group. The chain of islands that make up this micro-archipelago straddles the broader cultural boundary between Island Melanesia and several Polynesian outliers located in the neighbouring Solomon Islands. To the island chain’s north is Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands, to its south is Espiritu Santo, and to its southeast are the Banks Islands. To the west, beneath the ocean surface, is the deep Torres Trench, which is the subduction zone between the Australian and Pacific plates.

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Lo Island

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References

  1. "Vanuatu". Haos Blong Volkeno. Retrieved 8 August 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Welcome to Torres Islands". Lonely Planet . Retrieved 5 August 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Torres". Vanuatu Travel. Retrieved 5 August 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Torres Islands". Encyclopædia Britannica . Retrieved 5 August 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Toga Island". Geoview. Retrieved 5 August 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. Seech, John. "Toga Island, Vanuatu - John Seach". Vanuatu Travel. Retrieved 5 August 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. Ineich, Ivan; Pregill, Gregory; Fontaine, Benoit; Olivier, Gargominy (2012-09-01). "Banded geckos, Gekko vittatus (Reptilia, Gekkonidae), as the main prey of barn owls (Tyto alba) on the Torres Islands (northern Vanuatu)". New Zealand Journal of Zoology - N Z J ZOOL. 39: 1–7. doi: 10.1080/03014223.2011.627565 .