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The pacific ocean is one of the largest regions of the world. It spans from roughly 120 degrees east longitude eastward to 90 degrees west longitude for a total span of 150 degrees of longitude, covering almost half the globe. The Pacific Ocean also comprises nearly half the surface area of the earth's oceans. As a geographic region, it spans the Pacific Islands from New Guinea (including both the independent state of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia's Irian Jaya) eastward to Easter Island and Hawaii. Midway Island marks the northernmost island in the region. New Zealand is sometimes considered to be part of the Pacific Region due to its cultural affiliation with Polynesia, but is normally grouped with the Austral Region. The rest of Indonesia ...

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