Oceania

Oceania

Oceania or Oceanica is an area located in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The area is not clearly defined and at times can include; Asia and the Americas. The largest populated area in Oceania is Australia.

About Oceania

Oceania is a region centered on the islands of the tropical Pacific Ocean. Opinions of what constitutes Oceania range from the coral atolls and volcanic islands of the South Pacific (ethnologically divided into the subregions of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia) to the entire insular region between Asia and the Americas, including Australasia and the Malay Archipelago. The term is sometimes used more specifically to denote a continent comprising Australia and proximate islands, or biogeographically as a synonym for either the Australasian ecozone (Wallacea and Australasia) or the Pacific ecozone (Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia apart either from New Zealand or from mainland New Guinea). The term was coined as Ocanie ca. 1812 by geographer Conrad Malte-Brun. The word Ocanie is a French language word derived from the Greek word (keans), ocean.

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