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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
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
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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Island gigantism, or insular gigantism, is a biological phenomenon in which the size of an animal species isolated on an island increases dramatically in comparison to its mainland relatives. Island gigantism is one aspect of the more general
"island effect" or "Foster's rule", which posits that when mainland animals colonize islands, small species tend to evolve larger bodies, and large species tend to evolve smaller bodies (
insular dwarfism). Following the arrival of humans and associated introduced predators (dogs, cats, rats, pigs), many giant as well as other island endemics have become
extinct. A similar size increase, as well as increased woodiness, has been observed in some insular plants.
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Jamaican cuisine includes a mixture of cooking techniques, flavours and spices influenced by
Middle Eastern people who have inhabited the island. It is also influenced by the crops introduced into the island from tropical
Southeast Asia. All of which are now grown locally in
Jamaica. A wide variety of
tropical fruits and
meats are available.
Some Jamaican dishes are variations on cuisines brought to the island from elsewhere. These are often modified to incorporate local produce and spices. Others are novel or
fusion and have developed locally. Popular Jamaican dishes include
curry goat, fried
ackee and saltfish.
along with various pastries, breads and beverages are also popular.
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General images -
The following are images from various island-related articles on Wikipedia.
Mardanas Island, officially known as Siluag
The islet of Trafos in the Libyan Sea
A fishing village in
A view from Tinaga beach in
Tinaga at sunset
Atlasov Island from space, September 1992
Panguan Island, The last island of the Sulu Archipelago nearest the Philippine-Malaysian border
The Greek mainland and several small islands seen from
The islet of Leon, on the left, next to the larger islet of Souda, within Souda bay
Panampangan Island, The island with the longest sandbar in the Philippines
The island groups of the Aegean Sea. The Ionian Sea and most of its islands are not pictured.
17th century Dutch map of Sri Lanka with the Dutch names of the Jaffna islands
Ko Yang of the Tarutao group
Шаманка, a holy rock in
Shamanism and one of the 9 most holy places in Asia, on the westcoast of
The islet of Pontikonisi (mouse island) which has the shape of a mouse.
Ao Thong Nai Pan, Ko Pha Ngan
Carrera (left), Cronstadt Island (right)
The main beach on the southern shore of
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