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The idea behind this blog spot is to bring up topical issues within the areas of interest of STAR members in a less formal way.


STAR members are all of those that are part of the STAR Network email group maintained for the Network (who are all urged to register here as well) and those who register at this website. You have to be a Member to initiate a blog topic and to engage in discussions on this page.


I’m starting us off with articles about the features of the new website; and the new format of the STAR, going forward as an independent network. All members are urged to engage and comment so that we can get to know each other better and collate our thoughts in one spot so we can get a good community of like-minded people engaging in meaningful discussion.


Primarily, the new STAR website is to facilitate the genesis of a community among network members in between STAR conferences beyond their professional interest in the work that the former SOPAC (now the Geoscience Division of the South Pacific Community) does in the Pacific.

Beyond the professional interest, having aspirations as humans is common to us all; after all, a day arrived when we were born and there will arrive a day when we will die – everyone high or low takes this same journey. Similarly organisations or people groupings (i.e. communities) all have a shelf life.

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The island nation representatives to a Deep Sea Minerals meeting (organised by the Geoscience Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community) in April 2015; and the scientific and technical advisers attending the same meeting, most of whom were members of STAR, had agreed informally to adopt the GeoHab model as a way of reviving STAR so it doesn’t just die*. The GeoHab is to the Circum-Pacific Council what STAR was to the SOPAC (Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission).