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Definition/Scope: One of the traditional ethnogeographic groupings of the Pacific Islands. The island group is separated from Polynesia in the east by the Andesite Line of extreme volcanic and earthquake activity and from Micronesia in the north (along the equator); it is bounded by the Tropic of Capricorn and Australia in the south. Melanesia's name was derived from the Greek melas,

Broader Terms:

Pacific Ocean islands

Narrower Terms:

Admiralty Islands
Bismarck Archipelago
Louisiade Archipelago
Loyalty Islands
New Caledonia, Melanesia
New Guinea, Indonesia
Norfolk Island
Solomon Islands

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