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archipelagic adj : relating to or part of an archipelago; "an archipelagic war"

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Pronunciation

  • /ɑːkɪpəˈlædʒɪk/

Adjective

  1. Of or pertaining to an archipelago; of the nature of an archipelago.
    Indonesia is the world's largest archipelagic state.

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Extensive Definition

An archipelago () is a chain or cluster of islands. The word archipelago literally means "chief sea", from Greek arkhon (arkhi-) ("leader") and pelagos'' ("sea"). In antiquity, the Archipelago (Greek: Αρχιπέλαγος) was the proper name for the Aegean Sea and, later, usage shifted to refer to the Aegean Islands (since the sea is remarkable for its large number of islands). It is now used to generally refer to any island group or, sometimes, to a sea containing a large number of scattered islands like the Aegean Sea.

Types of archipelagos

Archipelagos are usually found in the open sea; less commonly, a large land mass may neighbor them, an example being Scotland which has more than 700 islands surrounding the mainland. Archipelagoes are often volcanic, forming along mid-ocean ridges or hotspots, but there are many other processes involved in their construction, including erosion, deposition, and land elevation.
The four largest modern states that are mainly archipelagos are Japan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Indonesia (the world's largest archipelagic state according to the CIA World Factbook) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/id.html.
The largest archipelago in the world by size is in Northern Canada, the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, situated in the Arctic Ocean.
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