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Variegated region of tropical islands in the South Pacific Ocean, located for the most part between the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn, and between Australia and Hawaii; includes New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, the Solomon Islands, the Santa Cruz Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and hundreds of smaller islands. Air and water temperatures in Melanesia are dependably warm, and the su...

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