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Abstract

Micronesia is a highly diverse region with thousands of islands scattered across some 4.5 million square miles of open water in the western Pacific. From the air, the region looks as if handfuls of pearls had been loosed from a string and haphazardly strewn across a velvety fabric of the deepest blue. As you begin your approach, however, these pearls start to take shape, revealing coral, volcanic and continental islands of varying shapes and sizes, some highly dissected with steep jungle terrain, others a thin ribbon of green hugging close to the water's surface. As both a cultural and geological paradise, Micronesia presents the inveterate trekker or novice traveler with a farrago of peoples, cultures, language , landscapes, and environments. Just trying to get around can be confusing, with a new set of challenge arising at every tum. Enter Neil Levy's latest edition of Moon Handbooks Micronesia.

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