The western part of the Samoan islands gained independence
from New Zealand in 1962 and comprises the two main
islands, Savai'i and Upolu. The first modern mapping of
Samoa was carried out by the New Zealand Mapping Service
(now Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)) and Terra-link
in 1954. Twenty-eight six-color 1:20,000 scale sheets were
published between 1963 and 1971. This map is on the
Cassini-Soldner projection, International ellipsoid, and
includes the UTM grid with relief shown by 50 ft contours.
Responsibility for maintaining topographic map passed to the
national mapping agency in Apia, the Department of Lands
and Surveys, now the Department of Lands and
Environment (SDLE). Smaller scales include a 1:250,000
scale map in the Infomap series from Terralink, and
monochrome 1:100,000 scale coverage of each main island.
A town map of Apia was compiled by SDLE in 1980.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Samoa is available at the following scale: 1:1,000,000 (1 sheet, complete coverage, published in 1965). This product is available in
print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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