Stretching from the west coasts of the Americas to the Asian mainland lies the earth's most formidable water barrier--the Pacific Ocean, This: mammoth body of water comprises two-thirds of the ocean area of the world and a full one-third of the earth's surface. Interspersed throughout this vast area are literally thousands of islands, divided generally into the island chains of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
Miller, William O.
"The United Nations in Oceania: New Dimensions in the Cold War Refrain,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 22
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol22/iss6/5