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ID: 1000006
 

Record Type: physical
Hierarchy of Oceania (continent)  Oceania (continent)

Coordinates:
Lat: 18 30 36 S  degrees minutes   Lat: -18.5102  decimal degrees
Long: 139 22 01 E  degrees minutes   Long: 139.3671  decimal degrees

Note: Oceania comprises islands scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean (generally excluding Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines), but including Australia. The area was home to Pleistocene cultures from 70,000 BCE, though now many sites lie under water. It was apparently colonized by people from Asia and Europe, although the origins of the early inhabitants of Australia is uncertain. The term may sometimes be used as a synonym for "Pacific Islands," although this term more often refers to a smaller set of islands, excluding Australia.

Names:
Oceania (preferred,C,O)
Oceanica (C,O)
Océanie (C,O)
Oceanic (C,V,English,U,A)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Oceania (continent)  ....  Oceania (continent) (P)

Place Types:
continent (preferred, C)
general region (C)  ............  in TGN, "Oceania" is used to collocate and organize Australia and other smaller islands, serving the purpose of the "continents" in other parts of the globe

Related geographic places:
distinguished from ....  Pacific Islands .......... (general region)
..................................  (World) [4000123]
..................................  in some classification schemes, Oceania is a synonym for Pacific Islands
distinguished from ....  South Sea Islands .......... (islands)
..................................  (World) [7029386]
..................................  in some classification systems, "Oceania" is considered a synonym for South Sea Islands

Sources and Contributors:
Oceania..........  [BHA, VP Preferred]
.................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (1994-2002)
.................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 880
Oceanic..........  [VP]
.................  Oxford English Dictionary [online] (2002-)
Oceanica..........  [VP]
.................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 880
Océanie..........  [VP]
.................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
Subject: .....  [BHA, VP]
..................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
..................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (1994-2002)
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 880
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-2014) accessed 15 May 2002.

 

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