Melanesia (from Greek μέλας for black and Greek νῆσος for islands ) is called the Pacific island groups, which were inhabited by dark-skinned people who speak neither Polynesian or Micronesian languages. The islands lie to the northeast of Australia.
- Area: 940.000 km ²
- Population: about 10 million
Islands and island groups
The following islands, island groups, states and regions to include, inter alia to Melanesia (alphabetical ranking ):