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1. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

When does an island cease to be (or become) an island?

Is Great Britain no longer an island because you can walk to 'continental' Europe via the channel tunnel.

Are the artificial holiday 'islands' off the coast of Dubai actually islands?

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

I would say that if it's not connected by actually natural land, then it's still an Island.
I live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, and 10 years ago this debate came up. We built ourselves a bridge to the mainland (12.9 kms long)and some protesters of the project decided that we would no longer be an Island and would have to renaim our home to Prince Edward Peninsula. Morons.

3. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member 99 posts) 10y

Someone in Thousand Islands told me it has to be above water 365 days a year and have at least one tree. Then it is officially an island.

4. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 10y

Island Definition: A body of land surrounded on all sides by water.

Examples: Although Australia is an island, it is also considered a continent due to its immense size. The world's largest island that is not a continent is Greenland.

This definition is from about.com

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Quoting Blitz198

Someone in Thousand Islands told me it has to be above water 365 days a year and have at least one tree. Then it is officially an island.

So Iceland is not an island..?;)

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Quoting s_hoot

Island Definition: A body of land surrounded on all sides by water.

Examples: Although Australia is an island, it is also considered a continent due to its immense size. The world's largest island that is not a continent is Greenland.

This definition is from about.com

In addition to the already correct answer of s_hoot.

Greenland - (840,004 sq miles) (2,175,600 sq km)
New Guinea - (303,381 sq miles) (785,753 sq km)
Borneo - (288,869 sq miles) (748,168 sq km)
Madagascar - (226,917 sq miles) (587,713 sq km)
Baffin - (194,574 sq miles) (503,944 sq km)
Sumatra - (171,069 sq miles) (443,066 sq km)
Honshu - (88,982 sq miles) (225,800 sq km)
Great Britain - (88,787 sq miles) (229,957 sq km)
Victoria - (85,154 sq miles) (220,548 sq km)
Ellesmere - (71,029 sq miles) (183,965 sq km)

NOTE: Australia is widely considered as a continental landmass, not an island. In reality, it certainly is the largest island, with a size of (2,941,517 sq miles) (7,618,493 sq km).

7. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

Technically all land is islands as all land is surrounded by water. So the largest island is actually Eurasia - Africa.

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Technically all land is islands as all land is surrounded by water. So the largest island is actually Eurasia - Africa.

But the Suez Chanel means Africa is out, but Eurasia is ok with me. I am living on the biggest island in the world!!;)

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

The concept of an island is a purely arbitrary definition.

10. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting Blitz198

Someone in Thousand Islands told me it has to be above water 365 days a year and have at least one tree. Then it is officially an island.

So Iceland is not an island..?;)

Iceland has trees! Just not very big ones...