What is AUSTRALASIA? What does AUSTRALASIA mean? AUSTRALASIA meaning, definition & explanation
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Australasia, a region of Oceania, comprises Australia, New Zealand, neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean and, sometimes, the island of New Guinea. Charles de Brosses coined the term in Histoire des navigations aux terres australes (1756). He derived it from the Latin for "south of Asia" and differentiated the area from Polynesia and the southeast Pacific (Magellanica). The bulk of Australasia sits on the Indo-Australian Plate, together with India.