the Oceanic, or Insular Oceanic culture region, also sometimes referred to as Oceania, includes the entire insular region between Asia and the Americas, but centered on the islands of the tropical Pacific Ocean, excluding Australia and New Zealand – the region is separated into the areas of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia for more clarity – some older maps may include Australia and New Zealand in this region, but for this site we designate Australia and New Zealand as the Austral-European culture region

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