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Vast island group in the Pacific Ocean, encompassing about 300 islands and extending roughly 5,000 miles from the Midway Islands in the north to New Zealand; includes the Hawaiian Islands, the Cook Islands, Christmas Island, Tonga, and Easter Island. While land and climate differ greatly throughout the region, Polynesia ("many islands") is justly famous for its white-sand beaches, gentle ocean b...

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