Pacific Oceania - 12/16/2009 Three widely dispersed island...

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12/16/2009 1 Three widely dispersed island groups - Melanesia - Micronesia - Polynesia Largest in area than all the other realms Smallest by far in population Dominance of the tropical oceanic environment Concentrated largely in the western and southwestern Pacific
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12/16/2009 2 A typical island - Population around 130,000 - Area around 2,000 sq. km - An ex-colony - Dependent on foreign aid Economies - Export of indigenous products - Export of mineral resources: copper, gold, nickel) - Export of plantation crops (copra, sugar, pineapples) - Dependence on foreign aid critical (mainly military) - Recent rapid growth of tourism
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12/16/2009 4 Physical Geography Two distinct island types - High islands – larger, volcanic origin - Low islands – a volcanic base, coral formation above water Climate - Totally dominated by the tropical ocean - Equatorial (Af) climate prevalent - Minimal diurnal & seasonal temperature differences - Adequate precipitation throughout the year - Trade winds on both sides of the equator
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2010 for the course GEOG 213 taught by Professor Slezak during the Winter '09 term at University of Calgary.

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