The Most Beautiful Islands in the World

Atlantis: A ‘lost’ island in the Atlantic, west of Gibraltar. According to Plato, in prehistory this reach island was swallowed by the sea following an earthquake. It has been associated with Scandinavia, America and the Canary Islands.

The Most Beautiful Islands in the World

By Mr Ghaz, January 25, 2011

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The Most Beautiful Islands in the World

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There are more than half a million islands in the world. Islands are classified as either oceanic or continental. Oceanic islands rise to the surface from the ocean floor. Continental islands occur where a rise in sea level has drowned a region of continental shell, leaving higher areas of land separated from the mainland. Some islands, such as South Georgia in the South Atlantic, are a combination of the two. Coral islands, also known as atolls, consist of a near-continuous ring of coral reef enclosing a Lagoon. They mostly occur on the flanks of extinct volcanoes.

Oceanic Islands – Volcanic

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Volcanic islands form where underwater volcanoes and activity at plate margins create a build-up of lava that rises above sea level. At mid-ocean ridges, where two oceanic plates are moving apart, volcanoes are large and are fed by a constant stream of magma Iceland, the Azores and St Helena all rise from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Where two plates converge and one plunges under the other a string of islands, known as a volcanic island arc, forms parallel to the plate boundary. The Aleutians, Indonesia and the island of Japan formed in this way.

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A hotspot is a fixed magma source deep in the mantle below the moving crust. As the crust moves across the hotspot a chain of progressively older islands forms. The Hawaiian Islands formed in this way.

Hotspot: as the ocean crust moves over the hotspot the first volcano is carried away and a new one forms over the hotspot.

 

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Tropical Paradise: The island of Tahaa in the Society Islands, French Polynesia, rises from a coral reef surrounded by a lagoon.

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  1. giftarist Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Cool and awesome. Nothing more! :D


  2. Gowtham Mandarada Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Nice Pictures.


  3. Wiggles18 Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    My islomania is even worse now, good stuff though :)


  4. Alaina Ellington Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    wow, great job!! You never fail to amaze me with these!


  5. Joie Schmidt Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Really nice!

    Blessings.

    Sincerely,

    -Joie Schmidt.


  6. webseowriters Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Beautiful


  7. PSingh1990 Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Nice Share.

    :-)


  8. Idazalee Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Great article. The pictures are really cool. Like it. Thank you :)


  9. monica55 Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    A Very nice share. Thanks for the read.
    Monica.


  10. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    This is like a paradise. I wish I could go there one day. :-)


  11. Tarra B Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    amazing pictures, great share!


  12. R.B. Parsley Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Mr. Ghaz,
    A very informative article on islands. The photographs were excellent. I’ve always wanted to live on a private island, but however, they are few and far between in the state I would like to live, which is Maine. If I did find one, it would be too expensive for me to buy, and it would have to be a short distance from the mainland. Excellent article. Keep up the great work, Mr. Ghaz.

    Randy


  13. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    That was awesome.


  14. GodsGrace Says...

    On September 21, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Beautiful Pictures


  15. My World Says...

    On September 21, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Great Post……..

    Thanks for share.


  16. Starpisces Says...

    On September 21, 2010 at 7:03 am

    very nice places, wish I were there.


  17. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On September 21, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Phew, am breathless.


  18. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On September 22, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Gosh! So much information. I really admire your work. A brilliant post.

    Christine


  19. Brewed Coffee Says...

    On September 22, 2010 at 9:34 am

    A very comprehensive article. Learned a lot from this. Very interesting topic!


  20. papaleng Says...

    On September 22, 2010 at 10:40 am

    the pictures are so relaxing to the eyes and the content, a mind-energizer.


  21. Ron Says...

    On September 22, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Breath taking.


  22. John Says...

    On September 23, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Stunning Pictures. Great article Mr G. :)


  23. Mansor Says...

    On September 23, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Wow! That was wonderful and fascinating post. Thank you Mr Ghaz


  24. Mansor Says...

    On September 23, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Wow! That was wonderful and fascinating post. Thank you Mr Ghaz


  25. Nursalam Says...

    On September 25, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Nice share! Beautiful pictures. very interesting read. Thanks Mr G


  26. revivor Says...

    On October 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    love islands – we are an island people in England


  27. AdamMcAuley Says...

    On January 25, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Captivating locations.


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