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Defining the Pacific: Opportunities and Constraints

Series: The Pacific World: Lands, Peoples and History of the Pacific, 1500-1900 Volume: 1

Edited By: P Blank and F Spier

348 pages, Figs, tabs, maps


Hardback | Dec 2002 | #132827 | ISBN: 0754606473
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This volume lays the physical and conceptual groundwork for the "Pacific World" series, exploring both the constraints imposed and the opportunities offered to humanity by the physical environment of the Pacific region. Organized from the perspectives of "Big History" and macro-geography, the volume presents a series of major studies and surveys by authors from a range of disciplines. Opening with perspectives on the ocean, the purview expands to include geology, oceanography, climatology and biogeography. In closing, the volume examines questions of human settlement, diffusion, and trans-Pacific contacts.


Perspectives on the Pacific: Sea and ocean basins as frameworks of historical analysis, Jerry H. Bentley; The Pacific as an artefact, O.H.K. Spate; The other one-third of the globe, Ben Finney; Geographic setting of the Pacific, Otis W. Freeman. Geology, geophysics, and the evolution of the Pacific Basin: Development of the circum-Pacific Panthalassic Ocean during the early paleozoic, Christopher Scotese; Reconstructions of the circum-Pacific region, D.B. Rowley; Terrain analysis - a circum-Pacific overview, David G. Howell and David L. Jones; Linear volcanic chains on the Pacific plate, Everett D. Jackson; Some remarks on the occurrence of Tsunamigenic earthquakes around the Pacific, Kumizi Iida. Oceanography, climatology, biogeography: Oceanography, Lynn D. Talley, Gerard J. Fryer and Rick Lumpkin; Historical and prehistorical overview of El Ni o/Southern Oscillation, David B. Enfield; Paleogeographic conclusions in light of biological data, J. Wyatt Durham; Biogeographic mosaics in the Pacific, Jared Diamond. human settlement, diffusion, and early trans-Pacific contacts: The peopling of the Pacific, Peter S. Bellwood; Routes - alternative migration corridors for early man in North America, Knut R. Fladmark; Linguistic evidence in support of the coastal route of earliest entry into the New World, Ruth Gruhn; Movement of people and ideas across the Pacific, George F. Carter.

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