Defining the Pacific (Pacific World: Land, Peoples and History of the Pacific, 1500-1900 #1): Opportunities and Constraints

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This is the first volume of a multi-volume series on The Pacific World: Lands, Peoples and History of the Pacific, 1500-1900. Journal and symposium papers from the past four decades present a macro-history of the Pacific Basin, from its geological origins to the dawn of the modern age. Essays that represent landmark approaches to the field were preferred for the collection, as were works by prominent scholars. Essays are in sections on perspectives on the Pacific; geology, geophysics, and the evolution of the ...
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Overview

This is the first volume of a multi-volume series on The Pacific World: Lands, Peoples and History of the Pacific, 1500-1900. Journal and symposium papers from the past four decades present a macro-history of the Pacific Basin, from its geological origins to the dawn of the modern age. Essays that represent landmark approaches to the field were preferred for the collection, as were works by prominent scholars. Essays are in sections on perspectives on the Pacific; geology, geophysics, and the evolution of the Pacific Basin; oceanography, climatology, and biogeography; and human settlement, diffusion, and early trans-Pacific contacts. Specific topics include linguistic evidence in support of the coastal route of earliest entry into the New World, biogeographic mosaics in the Pacific, and linear volcanic chains on the Pacific Plate. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
General Editor's Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 Perspectives on the Pacific
1 Sea and Ocean Basins as Frameworks of Historical Analysis 1
2 The Pacific as an Artefact 11
3 The Other One-Third of the Globe 25
4 Geographic Setting of the Pacific 51
Pt. 2 Geology, Geophysics, and the Evolution of the Pacific Basin
5 Development of the Circum-Pacific Panthallassic Ocean During the Early Paleozoic 95
6 Reconstructions of the Circum-Pacific Region 105
7 Terrane Analysis: A Circum-Pacific Overview 137
8 Linear Volcanic Chains on the Pacific Plate 147
9 Some Remarks on the Occurrence of Tsunamigenic Earthquakes around the Pacific 165
Pt. 3 Oceanography, Climatology, Biogeography
10 Oceanography 181
11 Historical and Prehistorical Overview of El Nino/Southern Oscillation 219
12 Paleogeographic Conclusions in Light of Biological Data 243
13 Biogeographic Mosaics in the Pacific 255
Pt. 4 Human Settlement, Diffusion, and Early Trans-Pacific Contacts
14 The Peopling of the Pacific 269
15 Routes: Alternative Migration Corridors for Early Man in North America 287
16 Linguistic Evidence in Support of the Coastal Route of Earliest Entry into the New World 303
17 Movement of People and Ideas Across the Pacific 327
Index 343
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