Defining the Pacific: Opportunities and Constraints
Paul W. Blank, Fred Spier
Ashgate, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 348 pages
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.
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PART TWO GEOLOGY GEOPHYSICS AND THE EVOLUTION
Linear Volcanic Chains on the Pacific Plate
Some Remarks on the Occurrence of Tsunamigenic Earthquakes
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