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2014-02-07 16:23:47

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Luger Bruno Banani, the Pacific Island nation of Tonga's first and only ever participant in the Winter Olympics will take his first Olympic runs this weekend. As luge is one of the world's fastest and most dangerous winter sports, one doesn't associate it with the tropical archipelago in the South Pacific, Tonga. How Bruno came to be one of the top lugers in the world is truly an amazing story of athletic and marketing genius. Bruno's...

First Polynesian Settlements Revealed With Coral Files
2012-11-08 08:28:09

Public Library of Science High-precision techniques estimate first settlers arrived in Tonga almost 2,900 years ago Polynesia was one of the last places on Earth to be settled by humans, and new techniques reveal that this settlement first occurred within a 16 year window nearly 3000 years ago. The research, published November 7 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by David Burley and colleagues from Simon Fraser University, Canada, reveals that the first human settlers lived in a...

Australia's Great Barrier Reef Gets A Little Help From Volcanic Eruptions
2012-07-20 06:50:48

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Have you ever wondered how the Great Barrier Reef came to be? Research conducted by Queensland University of Technology geologist Dr Scott Bryan indicates that volcanic activity in the Southwest Pacific could help to save the Great Barrier Reef, but it could also be what caused it to form in the first place. Dr Bryan and colleagues studied the westward flow or rafting of pumice after volcanic eruptions in Tonga in 2001 and...

Image 1 - Fiery Volcano Give Researchers A Geologic Glimpse Into Land That Time Forgot
2011-10-20 09:31:50

[ Watch the Video ] The first scientists to witness exploding rock and molten lava from a deep sea volcano, seen during a 2009 expedition, report that the eruption was near a tear in the Earth's crust that is mimicking the birth of a subduction zone. Scientists on the expedition collected boninite, a rare, chemically distinct lava that accompanies the formation of Earth's subduction zones. Nobody has ever collected fresh boninite and scientists never had the opportunity to monitor...

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2010-08-19 09:11:22

September 29, 2009, event was seismic triple-whammyA magnitude-8.1 earthquake and tsunami that killed 192 people last year in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga was in fact a triple-whammy.The 8.1 "great earthquake" concealed and triggered two major quakes of magnitude 7.8, seismologists report in a paper in this week's issue of the journal Nature.The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Geological Survey funded the research, which was led by seismologist Thorne Lay of the...

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2010-02-16 18:00:00

Tropical Cyclone Rene slammed Tonga early yesterday, February 15, with maximum sustained winds near 100 mph (160 kilometers). NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of Tropical Cyclone Rene when it was off Pago Pago yesterday, February 14 at 01:15 UTC. Rene has since moved southward and is now expected to dissipate in the next couple of days. Tonga is an archipelago located in the South Pacific Ocean. It is made up of 169 islands, and 133 of those are uninhabited. The Kingdom of Tonga...

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2010-01-12 08:11:26

Scientists have long puzzled over how iguanas, a group of lizards mostly found in the Americas, came to inhabit the isolated Pacific islands of Fiji and Tonga. For years, the leading explanation has been that progenitors of the island species must have rafted there, riding across the Pacific on a mat of vegetation or floating debris. But new research in the January issue of The American Naturalist suggests a more grounded explanation. Using the latest genetic, geological and fossil data,...

2009-12-09 07:35:00

TORONTO, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Mpathix Inc. has launched next-generation voice and messaging services in three of Digicel's South Pacific markets. The wireless network launches in Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga represent the latest market additions in Digicel's aggressive expansion in the region. The Mpathix platform will enable these markets to improve call completion rates and boost billable network traffic through staple applications like voicemail and missed call notification. More advanced...


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2007-04-18 14:19:30

The Fiji Banded Iguana, Brachylophus fasciatus, is found in Fiji, Tonga and other pacific islands. It is believed to have evolved from the Green Iguana from the Americas. Male banded iguanas are emerald green with light bluish bands. Females are solid green with occasional spots. Both have red-orange eyes and yellow nostrils. It is endangered due to habitat loss and the introduction of predators.

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