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".
St Helena lies in the Atlantic and for the past 27 years a ship has been the island’s most important link to the outside world - the cargoliner RMS St Helena. It’s one of Britain’s last working Royal Mail ships. But last October, the island’s new airport was opened and so this month, the RMS St Helena left the island for the very last time. Natalie Muller has more.
Five months after Hurricane Maria turned the lights out on the island, some people in the US territory are looking back at a rough road of recovery back to normalcy. And many more on the island, however, are looking forward to what might be a far longer road. Hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed in the storm. And much of the island faces grave energy problems.
As a standoff continues between Madrid and Catalonia’s pro-independence lawmakers, nationalists on the French island of Corsica did not appear to fare much better this week in their push for greater autonomy. During a two-day visit to Corsica, French President Emmanuel Macron rejected most of their key demands, raising questions about whether they will harden their line. Lisa Bryant reports.
Gorée island, off the coast of Senegal, was once a transit point for the Atlantic slave trade and is now a World Heritage Site. But as the sea level rises, the island is being eroded away and protective dikes have collapsed under heavy rains, threating a unique piece of history.