Mere lava

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Mere lava
NASA satellite image of Mere Lava
NASA satellite image of Mere Lava
Waters Pacific Ocean
Archipelago Banks Islands
Geographical location 14 ° 27 '35 "  S , 168 ° 2' 31"  E Coordinates: 14 ° 27 '35 "  S , 168 ° 2' 31"  E
Mere Lava (Vanuatu)
Mere lava
length 4.5 km
surface 18 km²
Highest elevation Mount Teu (Star Peak)
883  m
Residents 647 (2009)
36 inhabitants / km²
main place Tasmate
Map of the Banks Islands with Mere Lava on the lower right
Map of the Banks Islands with Mere Lava on the lower right

Mere Lava , also Merelava , more rarely Star Peak Island , is the southernmost and at the same time easternmost island of the Banks Islands in the north of the Pacific island state of Vanuatu . Administratively, the island, like all the Banks Islands, belongs to the province of Torba .


Mere Lava is located 26 km southeast of Mérig and 47 km southeast of Gaua , the largest island in the archipelago. The almost round volcanic island has a diameter of almost 4.5 km and an area of ​​18 km². It is formed by a basaltic stratovolcano , which in Mount Teu , also called Star Peak , reaches a height of 883 m above sea level. Mere Lava has 650 inhabitants; The main town is Tasmate (Tasmat) on the west coast of the island. Other villages, starting clockwise from Tasmate, are Levatmise (north-west), Lekwel (north), Lewtnoek (north-east) and Aot (south-east, second largest town).

The population speaks Mwerlap , a Melanesian language from the group of Oceanic languages .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. UNEP Islands Directory (English)
  2. Mount Teu at Peakbagger (accessed December 8, 2010)
  3. National Census of Population and Housing 2009 (PDF) (Accessed December 8, 2010)
  4. Linguistic Map of the Banks Islands (accessed December 8, 2010)