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Title: Geological histories and geohazard potential of Pacific Islands illuminated by myths
Contributor(s): Nunn, Patrick  (author); Pastorizo, Ronna (author)
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: Understanding of the geological history of the Pacific, especially its geohazard potential, can be improved using details in ancient and properly-authenticated Pacific Islander myths. To demonstrate this, a synthesis of Pacific Island origin myths involving islands having been either 'fished up' or 'thrown down' is presented, with an account of origin myths for the island Niue used as a case study. A discussion of geohazards and myths in the Pacific focuses on tsunami, coseismic uplift, and island flank collapse, the last being illustrated by the first analysis of myths recalling 'vanished islands' in the Pacific.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Myth and Geology, p. 143-163
Publisher: Geological Society of London
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISBN: 1862392161
Field of Research (FOR): 040601 Geomorphology and Regolith and Landscape Evolution
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Geological Society Special Publication
Series Number : 273
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