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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 14: Australia and Oceania Australia and Oceania • Dominated by Pacific Ocean • Australia, New Zealand, and the island subregions of Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia • Shared by indigenous and colonial history • International date line 3 characteristics unite region • isolated physical setting • responses between indigenous peoples and outside cultures • youthful (recently emerging) political geography Environmental issues • Non native species invasion • Deforestation • Desertification and water supply in Australia • Mining • Global warming Physical Setting • Many isolated tropical islands • One southern hemisphere continent with a desert interior • One glaciated country Physical landscapes • New Zealand o Extraordinary flora and fauna because of island isolation 85% native plants found nowhere else on earth o Two large islands and many small ones • Oceania o Figures 14.13,14,16 o Evolution of an Atoll Figure 14.17 Climate • Varied...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course GEOG 1003 taught by Professor Patzewitsch during the Spring '08 term at LSU.
- Spring '08
- Treasure Island