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Raivavae relief and vegetation
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The remains of the original, now partially collapsed, volcano form a chain of rugged s-shaped mountains in the middle of the island of Raivavae. Its highest point, Mount Hiro 1433ft (437m), is reminiscent of the eponymous legendary hero and Poynesian god. The bare vegetation, composed of grasses and ferns, of the summits contrasts with the dense forests of the rest of the island where fruit trees have been planted and taro trees developed.
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