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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. A grouping of geographically or geologically related islands is called an archipelago, such as the Philippines.
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 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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Island Conservation is a non-profit organization with the mission to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. Island Conservation has therefore focused its efforts on islands with species categorized as Critically Endangered and Endangered on the IUCN's Red List. Working in partnership with local communities, government management agencies, and conservation organizations, Island Conservation develops plans for, and implements the removal of, invasive alien species, and conducts field research to document the benefits of the work and to inform future projects.
Island Conservation’s approach is now being shown to have a wider beneficial effect on the marine systems surrounding its project areas. Read more...
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Singaporean cuisine is diverse and contains elements derived from several ethnic groups, as a result of its history as a seaport with a large immigrant population. Influences include the cuisines of the native Malays, the largest ethnic group, the Chinese and the third largest ethnic group, the Indians as well as Indonesian, Peranakan and Western traditions (particularly English and Portuguese-influenced Eurasian, known as Kristang). Influences from other regions such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Middle East are also present.
In Singapore, food is viewed as crucial to national identity and a unifying cultural thread. Singaporean literature declares eating a national pastime and food a national obsession. Food is a frequent topic of conversation among Singaporeans. Religious dietary strictures do exist; Muslims do not eat pork and Hindus do not eat beef, and there is also a significant group of vegetarians/vegans. People from different communities often eat together, while being mindful of each other's culture and choosing food that is acceptable for all. Read more...
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The following are images from various island-related articles on Wikipedia.
A view from Tinaga beach in Tinaga at sunset
Mardanas Island, officially known as Siluag
The main beach on the southern shore of Pamalican
The Greek mainland and several small islands seen from Nydri, Lefkada
The islet of Trafos in the Libyan Sea
Ao Thong Nai Pan, Ko Pha Ngan
The island groups of the Aegean Sea. The Ionian Sea and most of its islands are not pictured.
A fishing village in Jurmo
Panguan Island, The last island of the Sulu Archipelago nearest the Philippine-Malaysian border
Carrera (left), Cronstadt Island (right)
Atlasov Island from space, September 1992
Ko Yang of the Tarutao group
Panampangan Island, The island with the longest sandbar in the Philippines
17th century Dutch map of Sri Lanka with the Dutch names of the Jaffna islands
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
The Shamanka Шаманка, a holy rock in Shamanism and one of the 9 most holy places in Asia, on the westcoast of Olkhon
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