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Austral Islands


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island group of southern French Polynesia in the southern Pacific Ocean south of Tahiti. Visited by Capt. James Cook in 1769 and 1777, the islands were annexed by France between 1850 and 1889.

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  • n. a chain of small islands in French Polynesia


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  • However, Birdlife International separates two distinctive areas in the Austral Islands (Tubaui).

    Tubuai tropical moist forests

  • The Austral Islands harbor a few endemic bird species.

    Tubuai tropical moist forests

  • This ecoregion includes the Austral Islands group stretching from Illes Maria to Rapa and Marotiri.

    Tubuai tropical moist forests

  • Located south of Tahiti, the Tubuai, or Austral Islands, are eroded volcanic peaks that are surrounded by uplifted limestone reef rims.

    Tubuai tropical moist forests

  • In 1820, a canoe arrived at Maurua, about thirty miles west of Borabora, which had come from Rurutu, one of the Austral Islands.

    The Bontoc Igorot

  • Drawn primarily from the Metropolitan's collections, the exhibition features more than fifty instruments from small personal types such as panpipes and courting whistles to larger forms played at performances heard by the entire community, such as the exquisitely carved temple drums of the Austral Islands or the imposing sacred slit gongs of New Guinea.'s Exclusive New York City Event Calendar : Art

  • Parts of southwest French Polynesia (Society and Austral Islands) can be affected by tropical cyclones during El Niño, so these islands should also remain vigilant.

    NZ On Screen

  • Tubuai, in the Austral Islands, a small male head in mother-of-pearl and a paddle.

    The Guardian World News

  • Austral Islands, a small male head in mother-of-pearl and a paddle.

    The Guardian World News

  • High Commissioner Eric Spitz said waters carried away the 40-year-old man as pounding rain and winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour lashed the Austral Islands, hundreds of kilometres south of Tahiti.

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News


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