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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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The Earth’s Dynamic Third

The Earth’s Dynamic Third

The Pacific Basin

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Vanished Islands and Hidden Continents of the Pacific

Patrick D. Nunn

University of Hawai'i Press

The Pacific Basin comprises two distinct parts, the continental Pacific Rim and the oceanic Pacific Ocean and Islands. Rather than being a single giant basin, the modern Pacific Basin is actually a series of basins divided by ranges of mountains (mostly underwater). Despite their diversity, these ocean basins share a common oceanic origin, broadly unrelated to the origins of the continents, which are mostly much older. This chapter outlines the background to the dynamic condition of the Pacific Basin. It explains its evolution and describes the processes by which movements of the land (tectonic movements) have taken place. Topics covered include the history of the Pacific; uplift, subsidence, sea-level changes in the Pacific; and the inability to verify theories (or models) that seek to explain historical processes of earth-surface evolution because they deal with things that happened in the past.

Keywords:   Pacific Basin, tectonic movements, earth surface, Pacific Ocean, continental Pacific Rim, uplift, subsidence, sea-level changes

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