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date line see International Date Line.
El Niņo an unusually warm Pacific Ocean current that develops near the International Date Line in the center of the ocean and flows east toward Peru and then south along the coast of South America. El Niņo events, which occur every two to seven years approximately, are associated with various negative impacts including damage to the livelihoods of those dependent on fishing and disturbance to regional and global weather patterns, which in turn can increase the incidence of disease and the frequency of destructive weather events.
Micronesia one of the three principal Pacific island groups, north of the equator, between the Philippines and the international date line. (Cf. Melanesia, Polynesia.) [1/2 definitions]
Polynesia one of the three principal Pacific island groups, east of the international date line. (Cf. Melanesia, Micronesia.)