Pacific Islands comprise 20,000 to 30,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean.
The "Pacific Islands" is a term broadly referring to the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Depending on the context, it may refer to countries and islands with common
Austronesian origins, islands once or currently colonized, or Oceania.
Name ambiguity [ edit ]
In English, the umbrella term
Pacific Islands may take on several meanings. Sometimes it refers to only those islands covered by the geopolitical concept of Oceania. [1 ] In some common uses, the term "Pacific Island" refers to the islands of the Pacific Ocean once colonized by the British, French, Dutch, United States, and Japanese, such as the Pitcairn Islands, Taiwan, and Borneo. [2 ] In other uses it may refer to islands with Austronesian heritage like Taiwan, Indonesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Myanmar islands, which found their genesis in the Neolithic cultures of the island of Taiwan. [3 ] There are many other islands located within the boundaries of the Pacific Ocean that are not considered part of Oceania. These islands include the [4 ] Galápagos Islands of Ecuador; the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, United States; Vancouver Island in Canada; the Russian islands of Sakhalin and Kuril Islands; the island nation of Taiwan and other islands of the Republic of China; the Philippines; islands in the South China Sea, which includes the disputed South China Sea Islands; most of the islands of Indonesia; and the island nation of Japan, which comprises the Japanese Archipelago.
Pacific islands by area (over 10,000 square kilometers) [ edit ]
This list includes all islands found in the geographic Pacific Ocean, with an area larger than 10,000 square kilometers.
2) Country or Countries
New Guinea 785,753
Indonesia & Papua New Guinea 7,500,000
South Island 145,836
New Zealand 1,038,600
North Island 111,583
New Zealand 3,393,900
Republic of China 23,000,000
People's Republic of China 8,900,000
New Britain 35,145
Papua New Guinea 513,926
Vancouver Island 31,285
New Caledonia 16,648
Viti Levu 10,531
United States of America 185,079
List of islands [ edit ]
Pacific islands by continent [ edit ]
Antarctica [ edit ]
Central America [ edit ]
North America [ edit ]
Oceania [ edit ]
South America [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
William Collins Sons & Co Ltd (1983), Collins Atlas of the World (revised 1995 ed.), London W6 8JB: HarperCollins, ISBN 0-00-448227-1