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A peninsula (Latin: paeninsula from paene "almost” and insula "island") is a piece of land surrounded by water on the majority of its border, while being connected to a mainland from which it extends. Examples are the Upper and Lower peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan, the Scandinavian Peninsula
Scandinavian Peninsula
and the Malay peninsula.[1][2][3][4] The surrounding water is usually understood to be continuous, though not necessarily named as a single body of water. Peninsulas are not always named as such; one can also be a headland, cape, island promontory, bill, point, or spit.[5] A point is generally considered a tapering piece of land projecting into a body of water that is less prominent than a cape.[6] A river which courses through a very tight meander is also sometimes said to form a "peninsula" within the (almost closed) loop of water. In English, the plurals of peninsula are peninsulas and, less commonly, peninsulae.

Contents

1 Prevalence

1.1 Europe 1.2 North America 1.3 South America 1.4 Antarctica 1.5 Africa 1.6 Australia 1.7 Asia

2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Prevalence[edit] Peninsulas can be found on coastlines and in smaller bodies of water throughout the world, ranging in scale from square metres to millions of square kilometers. Some major peninsulas are: Europe[edit]

Balkan Peninsula Breton Peninsula Crimean Peninsula Iberian Peninsula Italian Peninsula Jutland
Jutland
(aka the Cimbric/Cimbrian Peninsula) Fennoscandia

Scandinavian Peninsula Kola Peninsula

North America[edit]

Labrador Peninsula Alaska Peninsula Olympic Peninsula Florida
Florida
Peninsula Baja California Peninsula Yucatán Peninsula Peninsulas of Michigan Delmarva Peninsula

South America[edit]

Brunswick Peninsula

Antarctica[edit]

Antarctic Peninsula

Africa[edit]

Horn of Africa Cape Peninsula

Australia[edit]

Cape York Peninsula Eyre Peninsula Fleurieu Peninsula Lefevre Peninsula Yorke Peninsula Mornington Peninsula

Asia[edit]

Anatolian Peninsula Arabian Peninsula Indian Peninsula
Peninsula
(Deccan) Indochinese Peninsula Kamchatka Peninsula Kathiawar
Kathiawar
Peninsula Korean Peninsula Malayan Peninsula Shandong Peninsula Sinai Peninsula

See also[edit]

List of peninsulas Isthmus

References[edit]

^ Word Histories and Mysteries: From Abracadabra to Zeus. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2004. p. 216. ISBN 978-0547350271. OCLC 55746553.  ^ "pen·in·su·la". American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.  ^ "Definition of peninsula". Cambridge Dictionaries Online. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 1 May 2016.  ^ "Definition of peninsula". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 1 May 2016.  ^ "List of peninsulas". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.  ^ "Fourah Point / Fourah Point, Northern, Sierra Leone, Africa". travelingluck.com. Retrieved 16 March 2018. 

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