Saipan

The Pacific Islands Project

Landforms, Bodies of Water, Plateaus, Mountains, Plains:

Mount Tapochau is the highest point on the island. It is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Philippine sea. The Saipan channel separates it from Tinian.

Climate, Plants, Animals, and Natural Resources:

Tropical marine climate, which is a very stable climate with year round sunshine and clean air and water. Animals and plants include: tree fern,

fire tree, fruit dove, and the Tinian monarch. Their only natural resources are arable land and fish.

History

-Saipan was first inhabited around 2000 B.C

-Germany ruled Saipan from 1899 until World War

-During World War 2, the U.S Marines and Army fought the Japanese for over three weeks to win control of Saipan, this is called the Battle of Saipan.


People, Languages, Religion, and Education

-86% speak another language besides English

-Main languages are Chamorro, Carolinian, and English.

-Ethnic groups are Chamorros, Carolinians, and Micronesians

-97% literacy rate

-Main religion is Christianity

Traditions, Customs, and Food

-There are many Japanese restaurants there.

-They incorporate a lot of seafood in their dishes.

-A lot of restaurants there are similar to American restaurants

Land Use, Current Issues, and Challenges

-scuba diving, snorkeling, and golfing is very popular there, and attracts a lot of tourists

-contamination of groundwater on Saipan may contribute to disease

-clean-up of landfill

-protection of endangered species conflicts with development