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Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific$
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Patrick D. Nunn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832193

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832193.001.0001

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Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents in the World’s Oceans

Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents in the World’s Oceans

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Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific

Patrick D. Nunn

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes some of the reasons why people are interested in vanished islands and hidden continents. Islands have become a convenient vehicle for parading utopian systems or, whether or not in the guise of continents, as places where polities of enviable order and achievement once existed and may reappear. While it is difficult to second-guess the intentions of everyone who has used islands in this way, but it is plausible to suppose that for continental dwellers, whose conceptions of islands may owe most to imagination and least to experience, islands are often, on account of their boundedness and their effective unattainability, places of refuge, inviolate places, where life is at once simpler and safer. The chapter concludes by acknowledging the obvious dangers in writing a book such as this. The author argues that lot of the information in this book could be misrepresented and used in ways that are far from appropriate or intended. He asks readers to read not just the details of the examples in this book but also the numerous caveats.

Keywords:   vanished islands, hidden continents, boundedness, imagination

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