been traditionally divided into Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and
Australasia. As with any region, however, interpretations vary;
increasingly, geographers and scientists divide Oceania into Near
Oceania and Remote Oceania.
Oceania consists of small island nations. Australia is the only
continental country but Indonesia has land borders with Papua New
East Timor, and Malaysia.
Australia is sometimes not
included in Oceania, although a term like Pacific Islands would normally be
to describe Oceania without Australia and New Zealand.