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An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets, skerries, cays or keys. An island in a river or a lake island may be called an eyot or ait, and a small island off the coast may be called a holm. Sedimentary islands in the Ganges delta are called chars. A grouping of geographically or geologically related islands, such as the Philippines, is referred to as an archipelago.
An island may be described as such, despite the presence of an artificial land bridge; examples are Singapore and its causeway, and the various Dutch delta islands, such as IJsselmonde. Some places may even retain "island" in their names for historical reasons after being connected to a larger landmass by a land bridge or landfill, such as Coney Island and Coronado Island, though these are, strictly speaking, tied islands. Conversely, when a piece of land is separated from the mainland by a man-made canal, for example the Peloponnese by the Corinth Canal, more or less the entirety of Fennoscandia by the White Sea Canal, or Marble Hill in northern Manhattan during the time between the building of the United States Ship Canal and the filling-in of the Harlem River which surrounded the area, it is generally not considered an island.
There are two main types of islands in the sea: continental and oceanic. There are also artificial islands.
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A private island is a disconnected body of land wholly owned by a single private citizen or corporation. Although this exclusivity gives the owner substantial control over the property, private islands remain under the jurisdiction of national and sometimes local governments. Read more...
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Native Hawaiian cuisine is based on the traditional Hawaiian foods that predate contact with Europeans and immigration from East and Southeast Asia. The earliest Polynesian seafarers are believed to have arrived on the Hawaiian Islands in 300–500 AD.[a] Few edible plants were indigenous to Hawaiʻi aside from a few ferns and fruits that grew at higher elevations. Various food-producing plants were introduced to the island by migrating Polynesian peoples.
believe that these voyagers introduced anywhere from 27 to more than 30 plants to the islands, mainly for food. The most important of them was taro
. For centuries, taro—and the poi
made from it—was the main staple of the Hawaiian diet, and it is still much loved. ʻUala
) and yams
were also planted. The Marquesans
, the first settlers from Polynesia, brought ʻulu
) and the Tahitians
later introduced the baking banana
. Settlers from Polynesia also brought coconuts
, kava) is also a traditional food among Hawaiians. Breadfruit, sweet potato, kava, and heʻe
) are associated with the four major Hawaiian gods: Kāne
. Read more...
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The following are images from various island-related articles on Wikipedia.
Ao Thong Nai Pan, Ko Pha Ngan
The islet of Pontikonisi (mouse island) which has the shape of a mouse.
The islet of Leon, on the left, next to the larger islet of Souda, within Souda bay
Carrera (left), Cronstadt Island (right)
Panampangan Island, The island with the longest sandbar in the Philippines
A view from Tinaga beach in Tinaga at sunset
Mardanas Island, officially known as Siluag
Ko Yang of the Tarutao group
The islet of Trafos in the Libyan Sea
The Greek mainland and several small islands seen from Nydri, Lefkada
A fishing village in Jurmo
Panguan Island, The last island of the Sulu Archipelago nearest the Philippine-Malaysian border
The island groups of the Aegean Sea. The Ionian Sea and most of its islands are not pictured.
The Shamanka Шаманка, a holy rock in Shamanism and one of the 9 most holy places in Asia, on the westcoast of Olkhon
The main beach on the southern shore of Pamalican
17th century Dutch map of Sri Lanka with the Dutch names of the Jaffna islands
Atlasov Island from space, September 1992
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