An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water.
There are two main types of islands in the sea: continental islands and oceanic islands. There are also artificial islands. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets. A grouping of geographically or geologically related islands is called an archipelago, for instance the Philippines. An island may be described as such despite the presence of an artificial land bridge, for example Singapore and its causeway. Some places may even retain "island" in their names for historical reasons after being connected to a larger landmass by a wide land bridge, such as Coney Island and Coronado Island, though these are strictly 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, it is generally not considered an island. This is an automatic compilation of DW content pertaining to "island".
US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw his nation from the Paris deal could spell environmental chaos - especially for small island states under threat from rising sea levels, warns scientist Hans-Otto Pörtner.
No other country boasts as many thermal springs as Japan - the island nation bubbles and steams at more than 28,000 spots because four tectonic plates rub against each other deep beneath the Japan's landscape. This has brought the Japanese a long tradition of bathing, with countless opportunities to warm and cleanse body and soul.
The Australian government has agreed to pay 47 million euros as compensation to more than 1,900 asylum seekers. Their lawsuit against the Australian government claims they were detained on a remote island against their will, causing suffering and immense harm.
Taiwan's circle of friends is getting smaller. The Republic of Panama has cut ties with Taiwan and established diplomatic relations with China. It's the latest development in China's sustained campaign to isolate the island, which it considers a breakaway territory.