Micronesia (from Greek: ??????, mikrós, “small” + Greek: ?????, n?sos, “island”) is a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It has a shared cultural history with two other island regions, Polynesia to the east and Melanesia to the south.
There are four main archipelagos along with numerous outlying islands. Micronesia is divided politically into five sovereign states, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Palau, and three U.S. territories. The region has a tropical marine climate, and is part of the Oceania ecozone.
Micronesia began to be settled several millennia ago, although there are competing theories about the origin and arrival of the first settlers.The earliest known contact with Europeans occurred in 1521, when Ferdinand Magellan reached the Marianas. The coinage of the term “Micronesia” is usually attributed to Jules Dumont d’Urville’s usage in 1832, however Domeny de Rienzi had used the term a year previously.
John and Claude Elk are husband and wife partners in a travel stock
photography business that has provided imagery to leading publications in the magazine, textbook, guidebook and calendar industries for more than 30 years. With a constantly growing photographic library of more than 500,000 images from 30 states and more than 70 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, they are “on the road” about half the year, adding new material to their files. John, originally from Oklahoma, still maintains strong ties to his native state and is a contributing editor to Oklahoma Today magazine. He is professionally affiliated with ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals) and SATW (Society of American Travel Writers). Claude came to the U.S. from France; appropriately, that country constitutes one of their strongest foreign files, with extensive material from Paris and many other parts of the country.