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πŸ”— Island of California

πŸ”— California πŸ”— Mexico πŸ”— Geography πŸ”— Mythology πŸ”— Islands

The Island of California refers to a long-held European misconception, dating from the 16th century, that the Baja California Peninsula was not part of mainland North America but rather a large island (spelled on early maps as Cali Fornia) separated from the continent by a strait now known as the Gulf of California.

One of the most famous cartographic errors in history, it was propagated on many maps during the 17th and 18th centuries, despite contradictory evidence from various explorers. The legend was initially infused with the idea that California was a terrestrial paradise, like the Garden of Eden or Atlantis.

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πŸ”— Just Room Enough Island

πŸ”— New York (state) πŸ”— Islands

Just Room Enough Island, also known as Hub Island, is an island located in the Thousand Islands chain, belonging to New York, United States. The island is known for being the smallest inhabited island, which appears to be around 3,300 square feet (310Β m2), or about one-thirteenth of an acre. Purchased by the Sizeland family in the 1950s, the island has a house, a tree, shrubs, and a small beach.

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πŸ”— Recursive Islands and Lakes

πŸ”— Islands πŸ”— Lakes

A recursive island or lake is an island or lake that is itself within an island or lake.

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πŸ”— South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

πŸ”— Volcanoes πŸ”— Islands πŸ”— British Overseas Territories πŸ”— Argentina πŸ”— South America/South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands πŸ”— South America

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) is a British Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is a remote and inhospitable collection of islands, consisting of South Georgia Island and a chain of smaller islands known as the South Sandwich Islands. South Georgia is 165 kilometres (103Β mi) long and 35 kilometres (22Β mi) wide and is by far the largest island in the territory. The South Sandwich Islands lie about 700 kilometres (430Β mi) southeast of South Georgia. The territory's total land area is 3,903Β km2 (1,507Β sqΒ mi). The Falkland Islands are about 1,300 kilometres (810Β mi) west from its nearest point.

No permanent native population lives in the South Sandwich Islands, and a very small non-permanent population resides on South Georgia. There are no scheduled passenger flights or ferries to or from the territory, although visits by cruise liners to South Georgia are increasingly popular, with several thousand visitors each summer.

The United Kingdom claimed sovereignty over South Georgia in 1775 and the South Sandwich Islands in 1908. The territory of "South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands" was formed in 1985; previously, it had been governed as part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies. Argentina claimed South Georgia in 1927 and claimed the South Sandwich Islands in 1938.

Argentina maintained a naval station, Corbeta Uruguay, on Thule Island in the South Sandwich Islands from 1976 until 1982 when it was closed by the Royal Navy. The Argentine claim over South Georgia contributed to the 1982 Falklands War, during which Argentine forces briefly occupied the island. Argentina continues to claim sovereignty over South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Toothfish are vital to the islands' economy; as a result, Toothfish Day is celebrated on 4 September as a bank holiday in the territory.

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πŸ”— Graham Island (Sicily)

πŸ”— Volcanoes πŸ”— Islands πŸ”— Sicily πŸ”— Seamounts

Graham Island (also Graham Bank or Graham Shoal; Italian: Isola Ferdinandea) is a submerged volcanic island in the Mediterranean Sea. It was discovered when it last appeared on 1 August 1831 by Humphrey Fleming Senhouse, the captain of the first rate Royal Navy ship of the line St Vincent and named after Sir James Graham, the First Lord of the Admiralty. It was claimed by the United Kingdom. It forms part of the underwater volcano Empedocles, 30Β km (19Β mi) south of Sicily, and which is one of a number of submarine volcanoes known as the Campi Flegrei del Mar di Sicilia. Seamount eruptions have raised it above sea level several times before erosion submerged it again.

When it last rose above sea level after erupting in 1831, a four-way dispute over its sovereignty began, which was still unresolved when it disappeared beneath the waves again in early 1832. During its brief life, French geologist Constant Prévost was on hand, accompanied by an artist, to witness it in July 1831; he named it Île Julia, for its July appearance, and reported in the Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France. Some observers at the time wondered if a chain of mountains would spring up, linking Sicily to Tunisia and thus upsetting the geopolitics of the region. It showed signs of volcanic activity in 2000 and 2002, forecasting a possible appearance; however, as of 2016 it remains 6 m (20 ft) under sea level.

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πŸ”— Islands in lakes on islands in lakes on islands

πŸ”— Islands πŸ”— Lakes

A recursive island or lake is an island or lake that is itself within an island or lake.

πŸ”— Pheasant Island belongs to Spain and France in alternating 6 months periods

πŸ”— International relations πŸ”— France πŸ”— Law πŸ”— Politics πŸ”— Basque πŸ”— Islands πŸ”— Spain

Pheasant Island (French: Île des Faisans/Île de la Conférence, Spanish: Isla de los Faisanes, Basque: Konpantzia) is an uninhabited river island in the Bidasoa river, located between France and Spain, whose administration alternates between both nations.

πŸ”— Kaffeklubben Island – northernmost undisputed point of land on Earth

πŸ”— Geography πŸ”— Arctic πŸ”— Islands πŸ”— Greenland

Kaffeklubben Island or Coffee Club Island (Danish: Kaffeklubben Ø; Greenlandic: Inuit Qeqertaat) is an uninhabited island lying off the northern shore of Greenland. It contains the northernmost undisputed point of land on Earth.