Pacific Islands

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Pacific Islands

, Trust Territory of the
A group of more than 2,000 islands and islets of the northwest Pacific Ocean administered by the United States as a United Nations trust territory from 1947 to 1978. It originally included the Caroline, Mariana (excluding Guam), and Marshall Islands. Most parts of the territory, including Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands, are now independent.
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Pacific Islands

pl n
(Placename) a former Trust Territory; an island group in the W Pacific Ocean, mandated to Japan after World War I and assigned to the US by the United Nations in 1947: comprised 2141 islands (96 inhabited) of the Caroline, Marshall, and Mariana groups (excluding Guam). In 1978 the Northern Marianas became a commonwealth in union with the US. The three remaining entities consisting of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau (or Belau), and the Federated States of Micronesia became self-governing during the period 1979–80. In 1982 they signed agreements of free association with the US. Land area: about 1800 sq km (700 sq miles), scattered over about 7 500 000 sq km (3 000 000 sq miles) of ocean
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Arthur Webb, from the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission in Fiji, and Paul Kench, at New Zealand's University of Auckland, used high-resolution satellite images and historical aerial photographs to study the land surface of 27 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Although almost all of these islands are growing or stable, only four islands have diminished in size since the 1950's.
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At present, a network of six buoys is deployed by NOAA off the Aleutian Islands in the Pacific Ocean. This network, called Deep Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis, is composed of two parts: a sea floor sensor and a buoy that relays tsunami information to warning centers on the ground by satellite communication.
The Hawaiian Islands and many other islands in the Pacific Ocean have long been home to Lepidodactylas lugubris, a species of unisexual lizards.