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archipelago British & World English

An extensive group of islands

Arctic Archipelago British & World English

The name for all of the islands that lie north of mainland Canada and the Arctic Circle. Sparsely populated, they have varied mineral resources and wildlife. Baffin Island is the largest of the group

Chagos Archipelago British & World English

An island group in the Indian Ocean forming the British Indian Ocean Territory

Malay Archipelago British & World English

A very large group of islands, including Sumatra, Java, Borneo, the Philippines, and New Guinea, lying between the mainland of SE Asia and Australia. They constitute the bulk of the area formerly known as the East Indies

Alexander Archipelago British & World English

A group of about 1,100 islands off the coast of SE Alaska

Bismarck Archipelago British & World English

An island group in the western Pacific Ocean, part of Papua New Guinea. Held by Germany from 1884 to World War I, it includes New Britain, New Ireland, and several hundred other islands

Tuamotu Archipelago British & World English

A group of about eighty coral islands forming part of French Polynesia, in the South Pacific; population 18,317 (2007). It is the largest group of coral atolls in the world