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Culture The Guano Covered Island of Grassholm

Grassholm is a small uninhabited island, just 200 meters across, located 13 kilometers off the southwestern Pembrokeshire coast in Wales. This tiny island is home to one of the largest colonies of gan……

Culture Hundred Island National Park Philippines

The Hundred Islands National Park actually consist of 124 separate islands (123 at high tide) scattered in Lingayen Gulf in northern Philippines covering an area of 16.76 square kilometres. The island……

Culture Passage du Gois: A Tidal Causeway in France

Passage du Gois is a submersible causeway in the Bay of Bourgneuf, linking the island of Noirmoutier to the mainland in the department of Vendée, in France. Twice a day, for an hour or two, the tide g……

Culture The Thousand Islands of St. Lawrence River

The Thousand Islands is an archipelago consisting of exactly 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-U.S. border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. Th……

Culture The Islet of Vila Franca do Campo

Situated in the middle of the Atlantic, 1,369 km west of the European mainland, the Azores archipelago comprises of nine islands spread over three groups. The volcanoes that gave birth to these island……

Culture The Guano Covered Island of Grassholm

Grassholm is a small uninhabited island, just 200 meters across, located 13 kilometers off the southwestern Pembrokeshire coast in Wales. This tiny island is home to one of the largest colonies of gan……

Anecdote St. Pierre and Miquelon: The Last French Colony in North America

About 25 kilometers off the coast of Canada, in the North Atlantic, lies a tiny bit of France. Its a string of islands belonging to the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, whichdespite being loc……

Culture Fadiouth, the Island Made of Shells

At the far end of Petite Côte, a stretch of coast in Senegal, lies a sleepy fishing village called Joal-Fadiouth. Joal lies on the mainland, while Fadiouth, linked by a narrow 400-meter wooden foot br……

Culture The Rock Islands of Palau

Palau is an archipelago of about 250 islands, located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is its own country the Republic of Palau, although geographically it is part of the larger island group of Micro……

Anecdote The Lost Island of Ferdinandea

Once upon a time, in the waters not far off the coast of Sicily, there was an island called Ferdinandea. It was located right where the Mediterranean Sea narrowed between Sicily and Tunisia a strategi……

Culture Bishop Rock: The Smallest Island in the World

Bishop Rock is a small rocky ledge jutting out of the sea, 4 miles west of the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall. The rock rises from a depth of 45 meter to expose a tip 46 meters long by 16 meters wide. On……

Culture The Island of Monte Cristo

The island of Montecristo is one of the seven islands that make up the Tuscan Archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 60 km from the coast of Italy. Made famous by Alexandre Dumas classic novel of be……

Culture The Thousand Islands of St. Lawrence River

The Thousand Islands is an archipelago consisting of exactly 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-U.S. border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. Th……

Culture The Islet of Vila Franca do Campo

Situated in the middle of the Atlantic, 1,369 km west of the European mainland, the Azores archipelago comprises of nine islands spread over three groups. The volcanoes that gave birth to these island……

Culture Fadiouth, the Island Made of Shells

At the far end of Petite Côte, a stretch of coast in Senegal, lies a sleepy fishing village called Joal-Fadiouth. Joal lies on the mainland, while Fadiouth, linked by a narrow 400-meter wooden foot br……

Culture The Rock Islands of Palau

Palau is an archipelago of about 250 islands, located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is its own country the Republic of Palau, although geographically it is part of the larger island group of Micro……

Culture Travelling Sand Dunes of Fraser Island

Fraser Island is located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane. Stretching 120 kilometers in length and approximately 24 kilometers……

Culture Bishop Rock: The Smallest Island in the World

Bishop Rock is a small rocky ledge jutting out of the sea, 4 miles west of the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall. The rock rises from a depth of 45 meter to expose a tip 46 meters long by 16 meters wide. On……

Culture The Moving Island of Schiermonnikoog

Schiermonnikoog is a small island off the coast of the Netherlands that has been continuously moving to the south and the east, due to the combining effect of tidal current, prevailing wind and the se……

Anecdote The Plague Island of Poveglia

The island of Poveglia is one of the many small islands located in the Venetian Lagoon between Venice and Lido. It is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of thousands of people that allegedly died he……

Culture Socotra: The Island of Strange Plants

Socotra is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean, near the Gulf of Aden. Situated some 250 miles off the coast of Yemen, the largest member of the archipelago, also called Socotra, i……

Anecdote The Unusual Border of Märket Island

Märket is a small 3.3-hectare lump of rock located in the passage joining the Gulf of Bothnia to the Baltic Sea, between Sweden and Finland. The island is divided between the two countries since the T……

Culture Lake Sørvágsvatn in Faroe Islands

Sørvágsvatn (or Leitisvatn) is the biggest lake of the Faroe Islands, situated on the island of Vágar. It covers an area of 3.4 square km, more than three times the size of the second biggest lake Fja……

Anecdote Heligoland: the German Island the British Tried to Destroy

At the end of the Second World War, the British Army had a huge surplus of ammunition and explosives that started to give them ideas. It was suggested that the excess ammunition could be utilized for……

Anecdote Goree Island: Senegal’s Slave Trade Center

Gorée is a small island located off the coast of Dakar, in Senegal, about 2 km out into the sea. It was the site of one of the earliest European settlements in Western Africa and long served as an out……