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Oceanic islands

Author: Patrick D Nunn
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, Mass., USA : Blackwell, 1994.
Series: Natural environment.
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In most accounts of geographical phenomena, islands in the middle of the oceans are marginalized and implicitly viewed as of little importance. This is a convenient rather than a rational view and one which is comprehensively disposed of in this book which examines the great diversity of island environments worldwide and the controls on their development. This book also demonstrates what are for most people the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick D Nunn
ISBN: 0631178112 9780631178118 063118967X 9780631189671
OCLC Number: 26308978
Description: xv, 413 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction. Definitions of Islands. Distribution of Oceanic Islands. Varieties of Oceanic Islands. Genetic Classifications of Islands. Islands as Unique Geographical Entities --
2. Models of Island Formation. Islands and Earth-Surface Development: a Historical Overview. Islands at Divergent Plate Boundaries. Islands at Convergent Plate Boundaries. Islands at Transverse Plate Boundaries. Islands in Intraplate Locations. Islands and the Expanding Earth. Problems of Determining Why Islands Form --
3. Origins and Development of Islands. Island Origins and Subsea Development. Subaerial Development of Islands. Eruptive Products --
4. Island Tectonics. Isostasy and Islands. Plate-Boundary Tectonics. Intraplate Tectonics. Nature of Vertical Movements --
5. Influence of Climate on Island Environments. Atlantic Ocean Island Climates. Indian Ocean Island Climates. Pacific Ocean Island Climates. Irregular Climatic Phenomena. Island Palaeoclimates --
6. Island Landscapes. Unique Properties of Island Landscapes. Volcanic Island Landscapes. Limestone Island Landscapes. Composite (Makatea) Island Landscapes. Island Landscapes Dominated by Uplift. Island Landscapes Affected by Subsidence --
7. Low Coral Islands and Reefs. Types of Reef. Types of Low Reef Island. Quaternary Coral-Reef Development --
8. Sea Level and Islands. Tertiary Sea-Level Changes. Pleistocene Sea-Level Changes. Holocene Sea-Level Changes. Causes of Sea-Level Change around Oceanic Islands --
9. Biota and Island Environments. Effects of Island Environments on Non-Human Biota. Non-Human Biotic Factors in Island Environment Change. Controls on Human Behaviour by Island Environments. Effects of Humans on Island Environments --
10. Prospects for Island Environments --
Appendix: Locations of Islands.
Series Title: Natural environment.
Responsibility: Patrick D. Nunn.

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