sub-continental land that is surrounded by water

An island is a piece of ground that is surrounded by a body of water such as a lake, river or sea.[1] Water is all around an island. Islands are smaller than continents. The largest island in the world is Greenland, unless Australia is believed to be an island.

Ireland (left) and Great Britain (right), are large islands of north-west Europe
A small island in Lower Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks, New York state, U.S.
A view of the Utö Island at the Archipelago Sea in Pargas, Finland
Bangchuidao Island is an islet composed mostly of rock, in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China.
The islands of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, are the visible parts of submerged mountains.

Most people think Australia is a continent because it is more than three times bigger than Greenland.

Some islands are their own countries. Examples of island that are their own countries include Cuba, Iceland, and Cyprus. There are many others. Other islands have more than one country, such as Borneo and Hispaniola.

Big islandsEdit

In EuropeEdit

Other placesEdit

Types of islandEdit

There are many kinds of island:


  1. Society, National Geographic (2012-08-27). "island". National Geographic Society. Retrieved 2020-12-07.