Here are the 10 largest archipelagos in the world.

Archipelagos within archipelagos which could be greater to others on the list were not included Here are the 10 largest archipelagos in the world. Archipelagos within archipelagoes which could be greater to others on the list were not included (ex. Philippine Archipelago, which is part of Malay Archipelago, is much larger than New Zealand, Antilles, Svalbard and others). The World

The World is a unique archipelago though it’s not one of the largest in the world. It is man-made archipelago of 300 islands that represents the landmasses of the Earth.

Image Source This one-of-a-kind archipelago is located 4 km off the coast of Dubai, UAE. 10.) Severnaya Zemlya

This island-chain is the last archipelago on Earth to be discovered.Image Source Severnaya Zemlya or Northern Land is an archipelago located in the Russian high Arctic. It has an area of 37.000 km² with 4 major islands and 70 smaller islands.) Svalbard . 9. Image Source The uninhabited Severnaya Zemlya which was first noted in 1913 and first charted in 1933 is part of Russia.

) Novaya Zemlya .Image Source Svalbard. constitutes the northernmost part of Norway.022 km².022 km². This archipelago is situated about midway between the North Pole and mainland Norway. an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean with an area 61. The 3 largest islands are Spitsbergen. Image Source Svalbard. Nordaustlandet and Edgeoya. an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean with an area 61. 8. constitutes the northernmost part of Norway.

It has a population of about 3. The two largest islands of Novaya Zemlya are Severny and Yuzhny.000 people who subsist mainly on fishing. The archipelago has a total area of about 90. which means New Land.Image Source Novaya Zemlya. trapping and hunting bear and seal. is also known as Nova Zembla. This large archipelago is located in the Arctic Ocean. Image Source 7.650 km².) Antilles .

Image Source Antilles Archipelago is divided into Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles. Archipelagos within Lesser Antilles include Leeward Islands. An archipelago within Greater Antilles is Puerto Rican Islands.) New Zealand Image Source . An archipelago within Greater Antilles is Puerto Rican Islands. Windward Islands and Leeward Antilles. Archipelagos within Lesser Antilles include Leeward Islands. 6. Image Source Antilles Archipelago is divided into Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles. Windward Islands and Leeward Antilles. Antilles is located in the Caribbean Sea and is geographically considered part of the North American continent but culturally included in Latin America.

As a country. Image Source The two largest islands of this archipelago are the North Island and the South Island. It is located in the Pacific Ocean with two main landmasses and scores of smaller islands. Larger part of the country’s population lives in the North Island. it ranks 6th with 268. New Zealand ranked 74th in the world but as an archipelago. 5.) British Isles . The latter is often referred to as the "mainland" although it is only slightly larger.021 km².

134 km2. 4. Isles of Scilly.Image Source The British Isles is the 5th largest archipelago in the world with an area of 315.) Japan Archipelago . The use of the term “British Isles” is being discouraged. Britain and Ireland is more preferred. Hebrides. particularly by Ireland which is part of the archipelago. Orkney and Shetland. Image Source The British Isles include Great Britain and Ireland and more than 6.000 smaller islands. Archipelagos within British Isles include Channel Islands.

Mount Fuji on the above photo is Japan’s most iconic landmark. On the foreground. is Japan’s famous ‘bullet train’.944 km². as a country is ranked 61st largest country in the world but as an archipelago. it is the 4th largest with an area of 377. 3. Image Source The Japanese Archipelago is located in the Pacific Ocean.Image Source Japan.) New Guinea Archipelago .

It is also commonly referred to as ‘Arctic Archipelago’. Image Source Geologically. has an area of 786.Image Source New Archipelago.) Canadian Arctic Archipelago Image Source Canadian Arctic Archipelago is the world’s 2nd largest archipelago.000 km². located north of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. New Guinea is the world’s 2nd largest island next to Greenland.424. 2.500 km2. New Guinea separated from the Australian mainland when the area now known as the Torres Strait flooded after the last glacial period. Archipelagos within Canadian Arctic Archipelago include Belcher Islands and Queen Elizabeth Islands. It has a total area of about 1. .

Image Source The world’s largest archipelago. Philippines Islands and Sunda Islands. is not always included in definitions of the Malay Archipelago.) Malay Archipelago Image Source The world’s largest archipelago with an area of about 2 million km² is the Malay Archipelago. Archipelagos within Malay Archipelago include Indonesian Islands. the world 2nd largest island. New Guinea. with 25. Three of the world’s 10 largest islands are contain in the Arctic Archipelago. Maluku Islands.Image Source The numerous islands are separated from each other and the continental mainland by a series of waterways collectively known as the Northwestern Passages.) Malay Archipelago 2. TOP TEN LARGEST ARCHIPELAGOS Archipelago Area by km² Location Indian/Pacific Ocean Arctic Ocean 1. There are also other archipelagos within the Philippine Archipelago and Sunda Islands. It is situated in the Indian and Pacific oceans. is located between mainland Southeastern Asia and Australia.) anadian Arctic Archipelago 2 million 1!"2"!#$$ .000 islands. 1.

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