The Geography, Nature and History of the Tropical Pacific and its Islands

  • Walter M.¬†Goldberg

Part of the World Regional Geography Book Series book series (WRGBS)

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Introduction

This volume provides an accessible scientific introduction to the historical geography of Tropical Pacific Islands, assessing the environmental and cultural changes they have undergone and how they are affected currently by these shifts and alterations. The book emphasizes the roles of plants, animals, people, and the environment in shaping the tropical Pacific through a cross-disciplinary approach involving history, geography, biology, environmental science, and anthropology. With these diverse scientific perspectives, the eight chapters of the book provide a comprehensive overview of Tropical Pacific Islands from their initial colonization by native peoples to their occupation by colonial powers, and the contemporary changes that have affected the natural history and social fabric of these islands. 

The Tropical Pacific Islands are introduced by a description of their geological formation, development, and geography. From there, the book details the origins of the island's original peoples and the dawn of the political economy of these islands, including the domestication and trade of plants, animals, and other natural resources. Next, readers will learn about the impact of missionaries on Pacific Islands, and the affects of Wold War II and nuclear testing on natural resources and the health of its people. The final chapter discusses the islands in the context of natural resource extraction, population increases, and global climate change. Working together these factors are shown to affect rainfall and limited water resources, as well as the ability to sustain traditional crops, and the capacity of the islands to accomodate its residents.

Keywords

Tropical Pacific Islands Coral reef zones History of Pacific Island exploration Political economy of guano and fertilizer Native species of Pacific Islands The role of missionaries The Americanization of Micronesia and Polynesia Sea level rise in the Pacific

Authors and affiliations

  • Walter M.¬†Goldberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69532-7
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-69531-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-69532-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2363-9083
  • Series Online ISSN 2363-9091
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