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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, which are man-made.
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Minorcan cuisine refers to the typical food and drink of Minorca.
Minorca is a rocky island in the Balearic
archipelago in Spain
, consisting of eight municipalities
. Featuring a Mediterranean climate
, the weather is milder in the south while in the north there are strong winds all year round. Marine salt, carried by the wind to the pastures where cows graze, is what gives the cheese its typical flavour. Fish is a certain source of food, but additionally, there are horses, pigs (used for cold cuts) and cows (the skin of which is used to produce leather, and the milk to produce cheese). Agriculture
is small-scale and varied, consisting of typical Mediterranean products. Within this typical Mediterranean cuisine
there are also the influences of various invading people, particularly the English, who brought plum cake
, and punch
. The rural and marine cuisine is mostly based on greens and vegetables from one's own garden, locally produced meat, and fish and seafood caught in the same day. Cold cuts
are used as seasoning. Olive oil
, although not produced on the island, is also a fundamental ingredient in local dishes. Read more...
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The following are images from various island-related articles on Wikipedia.
Mardanas Island, officially known as Siluag
A fishing village in Jurmo
The island groups of the Aegean Sea. The Ionian Sea and most of its islands are not pictured.
Carrera (left), Cronstadt Island (right)
The main beach on the southern shore of Pamalican
The islet of Trafos in the Libyan Sea
17th century Dutch map of Sri Lanka with the Dutch names of the Jaffna islands
Panguan Island, The last island of the Sulu Archipelago nearest the Philippine-Malaysian border
A view from Tinaga beach in Tinaga at sunset
Ao Thong Nai Pan, Ko Pha Ngan
The Greek mainland and several small islands seen from Nydri, Lefkada
Panampangan Island, The island with the longest sandbar in the Philippines
Atlasov Island from space, September 1992
The Shamanka Шаманка, a holy rock in Shamanism and one of the 9 most holy places in Asia, on the westcoast of Olkhon
Ko Yang of the Tarutao group
The islet of Leon, on the left, next to the larger islet of Souda, within Souda bay
The islet of Pontikonisi (mouse island) which has the shape of a mouse.
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