Defining the Pacific

Defining the Pacific : Opportunities and Constraints

Edited by Paul W. Blank , Edited by Fred Spier , Series edited by Professor Dennis O. Flynn , Series edited by Professor Arturo Giraldez

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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. It opens with perspectives on the ocean, and closes with questions of human settlement, diffusion, and trans-Pacific contacts. Geologists write of the origins of the Pacific, its geological structure, and the problem of tsunamis; climatologists and oceanographers discuss the El Nino Southern Oscillation and the ocean waters; biologists and biogeographers find patterns in the life of the Basin - as is shown, all these have their impact on the potential of the region for human use and settlement. Finally, geographers, anthropologists, and archaeologists deal with the peopling of the Pacific islands, the settlement of the Americas, and the incidence and importance of pre-modern links across the Pacific.

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 172 x 246 x 36mm | 821.02g
  • 01 Dec 2002
  • Ashgate Publishing Group
  • Variorum
  • Aldershot
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Includes 10 b&w illustrations
  • 0754606473
  • 9780754606475
  • 1,724,381

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Paul W. Blank, Humboldt State University, USA and Fred Spier, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Contributors: Jerry H. Bentley, O.H.K. Spate, Ben Finney, Otis W. Freeman, Christopher Scotese, D.B. Rowley, David G. Howell, David L. Jones, Everett D. Jackson, Kumizi Iida, Lynn D. Talley, Gerard J. Fryer, Rick Lumpkin, David B. Enfield, J. Wyatt Durham, Jared Diamond, Peter S. Bellwood, Knut R. Fladmark, Ruth Gruhn, George F. Carter.

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'The purpose of this volume is [...] to praise classic scholars and introduce them to a fresh audience. For this service they deserve the gratitude of a new generation of readers.' Bulletin of the Pacific Circle

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