|Islands occupy a land area of approximately 10,000 square kilometers and are separate areas of landmass away from the main continents, brought about by tectonic activity and the shifting of the earth's plates. Australia is not considered an island as it is a continent in its own right. |
The islands of Europe are Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Sardinia, Sicily and Splits Bergen. Africa has just one island, Madagascar, although its twice the size of Great Britain. Central and South America boasts the island of Cuba and the Dominican Republic although they could also be defined as being part of the Caribbean chain, which extends from Florida down to Venezuela and also includes many idyllic small islands, where tourists relax on beautiful sandy beaches with clear blue waters.
The islands of Australasia include New Zealand, Tasmania and New Guinea. Asia has many islands off its shores including the islands that make-up Japan, Sakhalin, the archipelago of the Philippines, Borneo & Sumatra, East Timor, Java, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. North America is home to Greenland, the islands of Newfoundland and Baffin.