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Activity: Pacific Scavenger Hunt

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Materials

  • Fig. 1.29
  • Maps of the South Pacific ocean basin or a globe
Activity Questions: 
  1. Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and is renowned for its harbor and opera house.
    1. What latitude and longitude is Sydney?
    2. Label this city on Fig. 1.29.
       
  2. There are many tiger sharks found in the French Frigate Shoals.
    1. What island chain is French Frigate Shoals a part of?
    2. What latitude and longitude is French Frigate Shoals?
    3. Label French Frigate Shoals on Fig. 1.29. 
       
  3. What island is located at 17° 38' 57" S, 149° 26' 49" W?
    1. Label this island on Fig. 1.29.
    2. What island group is this island a part of?
       
  4. Draw and label both tropic lines on Fig. 1.29.
    1. What tropic line is closest to Hawai‘i?
    2. What tropic line is closest to American Samoa?
       
  5. Pitcairn Island is where Fletcher Christian and the other mutineers from the HMS Bounty settled with women from Tahiti in 1790. Their descendants still live there.
    1. What latitude and longitude is Pitcairn Island? 
    2. Label this island on Fig. 1.29.
       
  6. Draw and label the approximate location of the international date line on Fig. 1.29.
    1. Label New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Fiji, and New Caledonia on Fig. 1.29.
    2. If it is Tuesday in the Cook Islands, what day is it in New Zealand? 
    3. If it is Thursday in New Caledonia, what day is it in Fiji?
       
  7. What are the names of the northernmost and southernmost islands in the Kingdom of Tonga?
    1. What are the latitude and longitude of each of these islands?
    2. Label these islands on Fig. 1.29.
       
  8. What island is located at 13° 28' 0" N, 144° 46' 59" E? Label this island on Fig. 1.29.
     
  9. The American atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II was assembled on the island of Tinian.
    1. What island chain is Tinian a part of?
    2. What is the latitude and longitude of Tinian?
    3. Label Tinian on Fig. 1.29.
       
  10. What island is located at  5° 52' 42" N, 162° 4' 8" W? Label this island on Fig. 1.29.
     
  11. Kiribati is the only country in the world that is in all four hemispheres. Draw a circle around the islands that make up this country and label the area on Fig. 1.29.
     
  12. What city is located at 9° 28' 24" S, 147° 11' 33" E?
    1. Label this city and on Fig. 1.29.
    2. This city is the capital of what country?
 
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