An archipelago (/ɑːrkɪˈpɛləɡoʊ/ ( listen)
ark-i-PEL-ə-goh), sometimes called an island group or island chain,
is a chain, cluster or collection of islands, or sometimes a sea
containing a small number of scattered islands.
The word archipelago is derived from the Greek ἄρχι- – arkhi-
("chief") and πέλαγος – pélagos ("sea") through the Italian
arcipelago. In Italian, possibly following a tradition of antiquity,
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Archipelagos may be found isolated in large amounts of water or
neighbouring a large land mass. For example,
Geography portal Islands portal
^ Whittaker R. J. & Fernández-Palacios J. M. (2007) Island Biogeography: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation. New York, Oxford University Press ^ "Indonesia". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. 4 December 2008. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
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