5 Largest Islands of The World As We Know It

  • Posted on: 24 June 2017
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Humans have always been fascinated by the large landmasses and their movements. Right from the times of Gondwanaland and the movement of tectonic plates, we have at the very least, measured the area of dirt beneath our feet. It is what nurtures us and here are some of the largest landmasses surrounded by oceans or seas.

Greenland - (840,004 sq. miles) (2,175,600 sq. km)

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Greenland is the largest island by area and although said to be green,it is actually white i.e covered in ice. Polar caps surround the land and the vegetation is sparse with ice covering the ground and rarely thawing.

New Guinea - (303,381 sq. miles) (785,753 sq. km)

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Being the largest land mass in the southwestern Pacific region, this island is one of the largest. Larger than most land masses, this is one of the most massive expanses of earth on this earth, second only to Greenland. It covers a whopping area of 785,753 km square.

Borneo - (288,869 sq. miles) (748,168 sq. km)

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Typically famous for its rain forests, this region has a lot of biodiversity and a lot of area, the last measure standing at 743,330 km². In Sabah is 4,095m-tall Mount Kinabalu, this island landmass's highest peak, and just off its famous shore is the popular diving location, Sipadan Island.

Madagascar - (226,917 sq. miles) (587,713 sq. km)

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It has appeared in a whole lot of animated movies and is quite bio-diverse as well. It is present off the southeastern coast of Africa and is a very large island nation. Its capital is Antananarivo and in close proximity lies a hillside complex of royal grounds and resting places of the dead, as well as the “Avenue of the Baobabs,” a not so well built road scaled on the sides by massive centuries-old trees. For switching over to IPv6, visit ipv6 adoption

Sumatra - (171,069 sq. miles) (443,066 sq. km)

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Home of the rare Sumatran tiger, this is an island, a part of the Indonesian nation. It is known for its rugged landmass and hot bubbling volcanoes known to frequently blast and spill over.Bustling Medan, the island’s largest city, is a diverse economic hub and gateway to North Sumatra.